began a massive purge of users on Monday the company claims violate its
new terms of service.
predicted, nearly every account that was banned by Twitter was
affiliated with the alt-right or far right.
nationalist Jared Taylor, his group American Renaissance, and Britain
First leader Jayda Fransen, the woman who posted the “Islamophobic”
videos famously retweeted by President Trump, were some of the entities
that received the boot from Twitter.
standard by which Twitter decided which users were no longer welcome
seemed remarkably arbitrary, as noted by a few observers like right-wing
watcher Will Sommer.
entire alt-right wasn’t banned, only random accounts, some
of whomappeared to go out of their way to conform to Twitter’s
terms of service.
the standard for Twitter’s purge is unknown, it is pretty obvious the
new rules aren’t being equally applied to any left-wing accounts.
case made for the social media platform to ban so many accounts is that
harassment and violent racist rhetoric is out of control on the website.
Surprisingly enough, plenty of leftists engage in that behavior on
social media as well.
that seems to only be a problem Twitter cares about if it comes from the
Right, as the example of Federal Communications chairman Ajit Pai
of left-wing users have recently taken to issuing death threats and
other promises of violence to Pai over his decision to scrap net
an Indian-American, told The Daily Caller last week that he was shocked
at the amount of racism he received on social media for his decision. (RELATED:
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are a few examples of leftists tweeting racist death threats at him.
you can see, all of these users are still active on Twitter following
children have been threatened, his home address has been doxxed and tons
of people are wanting to kill him because of the false notion he
destroyed internet freedom. But Twitter does nothing to stop this
dangerous rhetoric from continuing.
it has something to do with Pai calling Twitter out for its censorious
policies. In speeches refuting accusations that net neutrality ensures
free speech survives on the internet, the FCC chair made a point to
highlight how Twitter, a big supporter of net neutrality, censors views
on the Right and undermines its own claims of supporting free speech. (RELATED:
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it comes to an open Internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” Pai said
in one speech last month. “The company has a viewpoint and uses that
viewpoint to discriminate.”
say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it
comes to suspending or deverifying conservative users’ accounts as
opposed to those of liberal users. This conduct is many things, but it
isn’t fighting for an open Internet,” he added in that speech.
purge only further confirms Pai’s criticism of Twitter.
conservatives may not be worried by the purge because it only affects
white nationalists and other extremists. But what’s stopping Twitter
from going after respectable conservatives who criticize Islam and
mainstream immigration reduction groups?
blocked ads from the Center of Immigration Studies —
what if Twitter decides to agree with the Southern Poverty Law Center
that that group is too hateful to deserve a platform? (RELATED:
Google Is Using Its Immense Power To Censor Content That Doesn’t Fit
Its Political Goals)
is certain, however, that Twitter’s move Monday had nothing to do with
stopping harassment. Pai will still be getting a flood of death threats
today and every day.
all about suppressing views Twitter disagrees with.