Twitter Revises Terms Of Service, No Longer Believes In "Speaking Truth To Power"

Having been caught in a crossfire over internet free speech and Russian conspiracy theories, Twitter has quietly made a significant change in its stated "Twitter Rules" terms of service.

Following several Congressional hearings meant to root out "Russian interference" by Twitter accounts, as well as an incident in which a disgruntled, now former employee, disabled Donald Trump's twitter account for 11 minutes, it appears that Twitter no longer believes in "speaking truth to power."

The change can be seen in Twitter's TOS, in the “Abusive Behavior” section, which currently states that “We believe in freedom of expression and open dialogue, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up.”

This is a material change from what this section stated as recently as November 2, when the section read “We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power"...

... with believing in "speaking truth to power" replaced with "open dialogue."

The change took place just two days after November 1, when Twitter, along with Google and Facebook, were questioned by Congress in the ongoing witch-hunt, as dubbed by Donald Trump, for “Russian influence” that may have led to interference in the 2016 presidential election. As @Jack twitted at the time, the changes to Twitter’s rules were made as part of a November 3 attempt to “clarify” them.

In a statement, the company said that it wanted to make it clear that “context is crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.”

In its testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Twitter unveiled that it used a vast array of tenuous criteria to define accounts as “Russia-linked,” and also admitted it had censored the hashtags #PodestaEmails and #DNCLeaks tweets during the 2016 US presidential election campaign in an effort to limit public exposure to leaked documents describing the Democratic National Committee’s efforts to boost Clinton as the Democratic Party’s  preferred candidate during the primaries, a process which was subsequently defined as rigged by none other than Elizabeth Warren following blockbuster claims by interim DNC chair Donna Brazile. Twitter Associate General Counsel Sean Edgett claimed many of those tweets were “automated” and hidden by anti-spam systems. He also admitted that less than 4 percent of them came from potential “Russian-linked” accounts.

Last week Twitter also announced it was banning all ads from RT and Sputnik, citing the same allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election. That, despite the company previously trying to engage RT in a special US election advertising package, which RT said it had declined.

Later on the same day Twitter revised its TOS language, Twitter announced that while it may no longer speak "truth to power", the reason why power was not allowed to speak for 11 minutes, i.e. when Donald Trump's account was deactivated for 11 minutes, was due to a departing employee's decision that it was in Twitter's best interest to shut up the US president.

A separate update will be issued on November 14 with more details on how the company reviews and enforces policies, according to Twitter.


Mercury Arnold Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:48 Permalink

OMG, This changes everything!!  How could I have been such a fool?Hillary please forgive us! Why can't the government make it so the only information/media I see are clean and honest?That Russian ad that quoted Bernie burns the hardest! Oh the humanity!Save us from Trump-zillaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!

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cheka Ms. Erable Mon, 11/06/2017 - 15:42 Permalink

skype lost their monopolies in news and in campaign finance.  both replaced with FREE -- news and campaigningwe need to be aware that the internet fixed campaign finance corruption better than gov ever could (or would).  they are trying to get it back to where their paper money buys whatever elections they choose

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HRClinton jamesmmu Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:15 Permalink

So... under the New & Improved Guidelines(DS)(K), can we expect the following from Twitter?   > Saudi or Israeli regimes are no longer systematic and wholesale Human Rights violators?   > Russians are no longer doing anything dubious, nasty or nefarious within Russia or in territories adjacent to its borders?   > Pedophilia does not occur in positions of wealth, power or influence in the US, and is best not discussed?   > We must not ask "Who rules over us"?  Dju know what I mean?Just asking, Twitter.(Where... [DS = Deep State;  K = Kosher])

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E.F. Mutton Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:32 Permalink

"Truth to Power".  Yet another vomit-inducing platitude mistaken for something meaningful by Leftist Retards.Only one rule needed, Jack - it's called Free Speech.  What part of "free" isn't clear, fuckwit?

the artist RagaMuffin Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:20 Permalink

Truth to Power is Liberty itself. Please when will the Free speach liberty platforms replace the twatters and the facefucks of the world. DJT killed the NFL in the first mass boycott of the modern age. When will he get a account? BTW...Gab people...bad marketing. Your brand just doesnt roll off the toungue. It does not harmonize...what am I supposed to do, Send a gab to someone? "President trump gabbed this morning about..." Sorry, it just does not work. I hate it but twiiter has great marketing appeal. It works as a verb. 

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HRClinton RagaMuffin Mon, 11/06/2017 - 13:33 Permalink

I learned "Speaking truth to power" from Agent Fox Mulder (X-Files).I learned "Speaking wisely to power" from Agent Dana Scully.  A real MILF, to be sure.Speaking Wisely simply means that you wrap Truth in qualifiers and surrogate words, to avoid blow-back from a dangerous person in power. Given the American culture of the Frontier or Wild West, too many are of the pre-programmed mindset that you can say anything you damn well please. You can.  But you should expect consequences.  The kind that you saw in a Western movie, when a dumb-ass loud-mouth shot off his mouth at the wrong guy in the Saloon.  Bam!…

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Quinvarius Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:34 Permalink

This seems like a massive retreat from leftist nonsense to me.  They are no longer encouraging leftist snowflakes to threaten the President or break laws.  I am guessing someone at Twitter with a brain started looking at the undesirable legal outcomes they are going to start having.  That PragerU guy already started suing youtube.  He will likely win easily because the unequal treatment is obvious and so are the actual financial damages.  The pendulum is swinging back from the utter stupidity that happened under Obama's divisive administration.  

headless blogger Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:07 Permalink

But not a thing about AIPAC or all the other Pro-Israeli organizations. If anyone is influencing the USA government and the American Political class it is Israel. They have influenced so much of our foreign policy and it's simply undeniable.If any organization should register as a foreign agent it is Israel.

moneybots Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:07 Permalink

"Last week Twitter also announced it was banning all ads from RT and Sputnik, citing the same allegations of meddling in the 2016 US election" The American MSM meddled in our election. Twitter should be banning ads from them.