Twitter’s Hate Speech Policy Censors Freedom of Speech

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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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?

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