Will 2016 see a mass banning of conservatives from the Twitter social media platform?
Some think it will be, and it’s all because of this announcement from the company:
Twitter Inc has clarified its definition of abusive behaviour that will prompt it to delete accounts, banning “hateful conduct” that promotes violence against specific groups.
The social media company disclosed the changes on Tuesday in a blog post, following rising criticism it was not doing enough to thwart Islamic State’s use of the site for propaganda and recruitment.
“As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs, but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse,” Megan Cristina, director of Trust and Safety, said in the blog.
The new rules do not mention Islamic State or any other group by name.
“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,” according to the revised rules. (http://bit.ly/1MFueNn)
The company previously used a more generic warning that banned users from threatening or promoting “violence against others.”
No one has a problem with their not allowing people to advocate for violence, but the real problem is that they will ban anyone who “directly attacks other people” – what does that mean if it’s something other than violence?
Is hurting a feminist’s feelings a “direct attack”? Is citing the Bible against gay marriage a “direct attack”? It all depends on the interpretation, and my experience is that it always falls against conservatives.
This will be an interesting year, indeed.