Twitter: Shut up, Mr. President

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Call it fact checking, call it Terms of Service Violations, but I call it plain censorship. Twitter is exploring ways it can censor Trump’s tweets that they consider would otherwise be in violation of their TOS. I CALL BS.

Twitter is exploring how it can annotate offensive tweets that break its rules but remain in the public interest, said Vijaya Gadde, the company’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety. It’s an effort to stem offensive content and hate speech and follows comments last year by chief executive Jack Dorsey, who said he is rethinking core parts of the platform to stem harassment and other abuses.

Washington Post

“How can we put some context around it so people are aware that that content is actually a violation of our rules and it is serving a particular purpose in remaining on the platform,” Gadde said during an interview in San Francisco hosted by the Post. She also noted Twitter will still remove any content containing threats of violence. (Though as any woman who uses Twitter regularly will tell you, Twitter isn’t always so great at moderating and dealing with harmful content. A report from Amnesty International found the platform “violates women’s human rights.”) “There is absolutely a line of a type of content, an example being a direct, violent threat against an individual that we wouldn’t leave on the platform because of the danger it poses to that individual,” Gadde said. “But, there are other types of content that we believe are newsworthy or in the public interest that people may want to have a conversation around.”


They didn’t like it when he retweeted a video by Jayda Fransen, Leader of the Britain First Party (akin to MAGA’s America First), that depicted Muslims throwing a gay person off a rooftop. We all KNOW this happens. WE all know about the stonings, honor killings, acid attacks, and rapes all over the world being performed in the name of Islam. Criticize this, and it’s all of a sudden hate speech. Give me a frickin break… Of course, that same Muslim can go on to say Israel doesn’t have a right to exist, and spew antisemitic remarks and Christian hatred out the wazoo and, hey, no problem! Just because you don’t like the truth, doesn’t mean it should be silenced.

Twitter proceeded to of course ban Jayda, and she has had numerous arrests since then, all involving what the Brits are calling “hate speech” towards Muslims.

They don’t seem to have a problem with Omar’s antisemitic Tweets though, now do they….nor do they have issue with the countless accounts calling for the assassination of our president each and every day….they don’t have a problem with the Prime Minister of Puerto Rico saying he will punch Trump in the face either.

Putting these double standards on our president is ridiculous. If they want to try to “enforce their rules” on one account, they need to do it with all of us. Cherry-picking which accounts and which tweets get suppressed, just because it’s not what the Nazis at Twitter want to hear, is not fair to any of us.


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