Today's The Day: Twitter To Start Purging Users And Prevent "Certain Content From Trending"

Twitter will begin suspending accounts which engage in "hateful conduct" or affiliate with organizations which "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes" both on and off the platform, following a November announcement. The new rules apply to whatever Twitter deems "hateful," including "hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header." 


Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO

Moreover, Twitter will officially begin restricting "trending" content, to wit:

At times, we may prevent certain content from trending.

While many conservative Twitter users have suffered unfair account suspensions, mysterious drops in retweets and likes on controversial tweets, overnight drops in follower count, and unexplained disappearances of trending topics which paint liberals in a bad light, Twitter's new rules effectively allow the social media giant to openly engage in censorship without repercussion. 

Via Twitter Help Center

Abusive Behavior


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. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we prohibit behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

 

Context matters when evaluating for abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions. Factors we may take into consideration include, but are not limited to whether:

 

  • the behavior is targeted at an individual or group of people;
  • the report has been filed by the target of the abuse or a bystander;
  • the behavior is newsworthy and in the legitimate public interest.

 

Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism.

 

You also may not affiliate with organizations that - whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform - use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.

 

Abuse: You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.

 

Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.

 

Hateful imagery and display names: You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. You also may not use your username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.

While Twitter's new rules are sure to lead to the purge of countless supremacists, you can say goodbye to Pepe the Frog - a cartoon meme made popular during the 2016 election among Trump voters, which the ADL considers to be a hate symbol despite a small percentage of Pepe memes expressing anti-Semitism or bigotry. 

Last month Twitter suspended it's "blue check mark" verification policy, stating that it will rescind a user's verified status if a person violates company guidelines. With blue checks having become a status symbol over the years, Twitter thinks the system is flawed and needs an overhaul. 

“Our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered,” CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted in November. “And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster.”

The announcement was quickly followed by the removal of blue checks from white nationalist Richard Spencer's account, Unite the Right organizer and former Obama activist Jason Kessler, and conservative Jewish journalist Laura Loomer - who compared the loss of her blue check to the holocaust. 

Twitter's recent changes have sparked a stampede of users to competing social network Gab.ai, "a social network that champions free speech, individual liberty, and the free flow of information online. All are welcome." 

At this rate, someday you'll hop on Gab to tell your grandchildren where you were when the great Twitter purge began.

Comments

macholatte hedgeless_horseman Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:52 Permalink

 Twitter will begin suspending accounts which engage in "hateful conduct" or affiliate with organizations which "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes" both on and off the platform...This is great news.Looks like Twitter is going to expel CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, the Democrat Party and all Soros organizations, including MoveOn, BLM, The Resistance, etc.BOOYA!Go Twitter!(We’ll believe it when we see it)

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Moe Howard hedgeless_horseman Mon, 12/18/2017 - 16:36 Permalink

Exactly HH. Will the "SS" IDF that occasionaly does an incursion into the Palestinian Concentration Camps to murder men women and children cause twitter to purge their accounts? Every time I see the IDF doing the devil's work I think of the SS going into the Warsaw Ghetto to slaughter men women and children. SS = IDFThe SS was killing Semites and the IDF is killing Semites. I don't see a difference.

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glenlloyd Moe Howard Tue, 12/19/2017 - 01:17 Permalink

Only two comments about this:1) have at it you morons, start deciding what should or shouldn't be said and pretty quick your fan base evaporates and your market cap = $0. As for twitter, the sooner the better on this one.2) I rest well in the knowledge that eventually things like Twitter and FB will die and you'll be broke and wondering wtf happened.

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Bring the Gold MagicHandPuppet Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:36 Permalink

Btw twitter deletes anyone talking about any forbidden subject. Which is read any threat to the Oligarchs. The true Left "as opposed to the McResistance latte liberal MSM koolaid drinkers" are getting hammered just as bad as the Right. The oligarch controlled center which is pro corporate, pro-War l, pro-bank and pro-domestic spying is the only acceptable form of speech. You can only talk about things that Fox or MSNBC/CNN says is ok. Anyone to the "left" or "right" of the MSM is a terrorist and will be dealt with accordingly. When all is said and done I see the libertarian right working with the sane left to bring the system down. If not welcome to Orwell x1000000. Either people will start seeing that common cause is critical (Bee collapse, freedom of speech, return to pre-9/11 constitutional laws, freedom from the banks etc.) or we will continue to talk about LGBTQ bathrooms and all end up poor and enslaved or dead. The clock is ticking.

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atlas_crumbles spastic_colon Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:54 Permalink

I got kicked from facebook last year around election time for going on group pages and suggesting people on welfare should'nt get to vote. No threats just common sense comments from me, and wow did they attack me. Goverment employees (fed) also should not get to vote. These people vote themselfs a paycheck. Bunch of tools. PayPal worked me over 2 years ago with micky mouse bull, so I said close me out, they were shocked that I did'nt plead for them to unlock my account. Just closed twitter, which was usefull getting real time news on events around the world, I have a feeling the ones I follow will migrate over to gab.ai anyways.

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ParticularlySt… shitshitshit Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:07 Permalink

Gab has no cryptographic proof of non-censorship. Therefore, it is not to be trusted. Yes, their owners right now seem pretty alright. So? It's time for systems that actually GUARANTEE access to audience. If I "tweet" I should have proof X number of viewers have been able to see it (they may filter it for the usual reasons, obviously), and be able to compare this number to likewise public numbers shown for other similar "tweets." In this way censorship is at minimum detected. But also, there should be a mechanism that guarantees nobody can censor you. This is not found on Gab. Not even this simpler type I just described (it's quite simple to have a crypto signing system that can achieve this, and it wouldn't require innovation).

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hedgeless_horseman AlaricBalth Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:28 Permalink

 

 "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes"

Goodbye DOD and Lockheed Martin?https://twitter.com/DeptofDefensehttps://twitter.com/LockheedMartin 

A girl who was burned beyond recognition by a U.S. drone in Afghanistan and left for dead in a trashcan before she had to undergo reconstructive surgery.   The chemicals in the missiles burn so hot they can light a tank on fire, but this is somehow different from the chemical warfare allegedly waged by our enemy...  Hellfire thermobaric warhead using a metal augmented explosive charge is used primarily in urban warfare, against bunkers, buildings caves and other concealed targets. This warhead is designed to inflict greater damage in multi-room structures, compared to the Hellfire's standard or blast-fragmentation warheads. The Metal Augmented Charge or MAC (Thermobaric) Hellfire, designated AGM-114N, has completed rapid development cycle in 2002 and was deployed during OIF by US Marines Helicopters in Iraq. The new warhead contains a fluorinated aluminum powder that is layered between the warhead casing and the PBXN-112 explosive fill. When the explosive detonates, the aluminum mixture is dispersed and rapidly burns. The resultant sustained high pressure is extremely effective against enemy personnel and structures. The AGM-114N is designed for deployment from helicopters such as the AH-1W or UAVs such as the Predator drones. http://defense-update.com/products/h/hellfire.htm

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pigpen hedgeless_horseman Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

Hedgelees H, amen.Jack, since you are going to censor, then I'm going out of my way to get every citizen to block your ads via brave browser.I love Twitter but run it out of brave as brave blocks advertising, tracking and malware by DEFAULT.My resistance gives me meaning.Destroy the digital advertising model esp when they censor free speech.Cheers,Pigpen

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