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Twitter recently announced an update on its hate speech policy.
On December 2, the social media giant tweeted “Today, we’re expanding our hateful conduct policy to address language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.”
Our rules continually evolve to help keep people safe. Today, we’re expanding our hateful conduct policy to address language that dehumanizes people on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 2, 2020
The objective aims to protect people globally. At the same time, it also censors important issues.
Steven Crowder, a comedian, and political commentator claimed that Twitter censored his tweet about election fraud even if the voting irregularities were confirmed by a judge.
This shows how biased some social media giants are. It can be observed that Facebook and Twitter among other social media platforms are taking measures to “fact-check” news. However, why are some facts being censored and tagged as “disputed”?
Statements that are offensive will be censored, as stated “We will also continue to surface potentially violative content through proactive detection and automation. If an account repeatedly breaks the Twitter Rules, we may temporarily lock or suspend the account.”
On the same day, Twitter updated an article entitled, “Updating our rules against hateful conduct”. It was originally published in 2018 and was recently updated.
Twitter announced that it is working with its Trust and Safety Council, a third-party that assists the platform in implementing its hate speech policy.
All Twitter has on its About page for this council is this: “Membership is voluntary, and membership does not imply endorsement of any decisions made by Twitter, nor do members speak on Twitter’s behalf. A small number of organizations on the Council requested not to be named. We will continue to evaluate ways to add perspectives and gather feedback from members.”
The problem is nobody knows if all the people in the said council are reliable. One of the organizations that belong to the council is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which is known to be a leftist organization.
ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt claims to protect online user’s rights against hate or harassment. This is ironic as it he often blasts people and tag them as anti-Semitic and even defend leftists.
Is it antisemitic to point out that Mike Bloomberg owns a news service? No. Is it antisemitic to accuse a Jewish person of controlling the media? Absolutely yes. This assertion goes far beyond the facts and perpetuates harmful antisemitic tropes. https://t.co/p7xJt813Tm— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 19, 2020
FYI, @MarshaBlackburn, conspiracy theories about #GeorgeSoros are an entry point into antisemitic beliefs about Jewish power and malevolence.— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) October 13, 2020
This will be heard as a dog whistle by people who hate Jews. https://t.co/aaRGc7j10W https://t.co/9wnst8UhZF
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is another member of the council that notoriously threatened companies like Chick-fil-A and Hallmark because of actions that don’t favor their leftist ideology.
“If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families" @AndersonDrew https://t.co/0OXfScv1z6— GLAAD (@glaad) November 18, 2019
“The message that that sends to the community is that we do matter...that our marriages are important."@sarahkateellis, president and CEO of @glaad, on the Hallmark Channel reversing its decision to remove gay-themed commercials after backlash. https://t.co/teFovxlrZI pic.twitter.com/YjMVsz0x8w— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) December 16, 2019
it is infamous for expressing outrage on certain words that are alleged to be “misused”. One example is its feud with The Politico, where the Virginia-based news outlet described a “pillow fight” between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
President Trump asked Congress to repeal the 1996 Communications Decency Act’s Section 230. The section acts as a shield for tech companies like Twitter to avoid them being accountable for the content shared on their platforms.
I hope House Republicans will vote against the very weak National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which I will VETO. Must include a termination of Section 230 (for National Security purposes), preserve our National Monuments, & allow for 5G & troop reductions in foreign lands!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2020
Why was the Twitter update only made now? Is it mere coincidence that this occurred after the US presidential elections, just when litigations are ongoing against election fraud?