Thursday, April 25, 2019

Twitter Banning White Supremacists Means Banning Republicans

I know what you're thinking, but that is not just my commentary. That is actually literally what Twitter has finally admitted after years of people screaming at them to ban white supremacists.

Why Won’t Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too.

With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said. 
In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.

I'm not necessarily surprised but it's amazing to finally hear Twitter basically admit that the reason they can't ban white supremacists is because that would include multiple Republicans. At what point are we going to stop tolerating having a major political party that includes, welcomes, supports, and promotes white supremacists?

Man, we have a fucked up country right here.

“Most people can agree a beheading video or some kind of ISIS content should be proactively removed, but when we try to talk about the alt-right or white nationalism, we get into dangerous territory, where we’re talking about [Iowa Rep.] Steve King or maybe even some of Trump’s tweets, so it becomes hard for social media companies to say all of this ‘this content should be removed,’” Amarasingam said.

This happened just days after Trump tweeted whining that he didn't have enough Twitter followers, and then later that same day had a "meeting" with Jack where the overly-bearded Twitter CEO had to explain that Trump lost a bunch of followers because a lot of them were bots and spam accounts.

Welcome to the United Disaster of America.

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