We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.https://t.co/AcmW6O6d4t
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 23, 2020
The background to this: Some weeks ago, anarchist protestors in Seattle set up what they called an “autonomous zone” – basically their own independent quasi-country, in the city.
Two nights ago, protestors in Washington DC threatened to do the same. Trump was having none of it.
Twitter says that Trump’s tweet constituted a “threat of harm against an identifiable group”. But what group?
What’s more, what is a threat of harm? If the police say they will use force against people breaking the law, is that a threat of harm?
What’s more, how does twitter intend to apply this policy consistently? Or does it even intend to try? It’s very clear that the company has taken a side in America’s culture war, and in the upcoming Presidential election, as their current homepage makes clear:
Not just black lives, these days, but black queer and trans lives, which are apparently even more important than the average black life, or something.
Meanwhile, at facebook:
Recordings captured Facebook content moderators bragging about deleting posts and comments supporting President Donald Trump and conservative causes.
“Zach McElroy’s story raises serious doubts about the Capitol Hill testimony of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who gave lawmakers the impression that his company only takes content that could cause harm, such as relating to terrorism or hate speech, but never for politics,” said James O’Keefe, Project Veritas’ founding CEO.
Go read it all. Much of it falls into the category of “shocking, yet not at all surprising”.
It’s not really any longer arguable that the two biggest social media platforms have their thumbs on the political scale, both in the US and elsewhere, in support of lefty-liberal causes, and that they’re much more eager to police speech coming from the right than the left.
It won’t end well, this sort of thing, for anybody.