December 2, 2017
Trump may single-handedly destroy this evil company.
So soon after Twitter published their new policy to ban everyone who doesn’t toe the politically-correct line at all times, Trump just went ahead and re-tweeted some muscular anti-Islam materials. The average goy doing the same would obviously be a strong candidate for having their account “permanently suspended,” in Twitter’s Orwellian terms.
So what now, Twitter?
Are you going to admit that your rules are so insane that you’d even ban the President of the United States of America over his political speech and then change them to be more reasonable? Or, are you going to stick to your guns and ban him for bein’ a hater?
Of course, they’d rather just slink back into the darkness and pretend none of this is happening.
The screaming SJW hordes won’t let them do that, though. And for that matter, neither will we.
Twitter sure is having a hard time explaining and enforcing its policies around hate speech. Earlier this week, the company responded to Trump’s retweet of violent anti-Muslim propaganda, telling Engadget that some videos may remain up if they are newsworthy or of public interest. Today, Twitter changed that position, saying that, instead, the tweets in question are still on the service because they are permitted based on the company’s current media policy.
However, Twitter’s policy against hate speech clearly states that “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”
So, you’re only allowed to disagree with other people on stuff like taxes or your favorite show on TV. Yawn.
Do they think they can keep their platform up like this, when all actual fun and action is completely gone from the conversation?
Me on Twitter rn.
The media policy today’s tweet references says that “Some forms of graphic violence or adult content may be permitted in Tweets when they are marked as sensitive media. However, you may not include this type of content in live video, or in profile or header images. Additionally, we may sometimes require you to remove media containing excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative.”
To clarify: these videos are not being kept up because they are newsworthy or for public interest. Rather, these videos are permitted on Twitter based on our current media policy. https://t.co/RqEQy3skgc
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 1, 2017
Twitter’s two policies are vague and confusing at best, if not outright conflicting. It’s certainly not good for a platform that continues to be ripe for abuse and similar instances occur regularly. We’ve reached out to the company for further comment and will update this post when we hear back.
Twitter knows that if they ban Trump, their entire platform will collapse. Whatever competitor Trump migrates to will instantly gain millions of members, while they lose tens of millions of theirs. Their stock would collapse overnight. Trump is basically holding them hostage.
Their plan seems to be to ban all his supporters, instead, by making their experience on their platform hellish.
Well, the hypocrisy of applying one set of rules to normal people and a completely different set of rules to Trump isn’t lost on anybody. And it’s making both the left and the right angry.
As soon as Twitter abandoned any pretense at supporting free speech and became a politically biased platform, they were screwed.