Wouldn’t it be nice to silence those who say thinks you disagree with or find repugnant, or is that censorship? Twitter just shut down Milo Yiannopoulous, a gay conservative provocateur, because he wrote an unkind statement about Leslie Jones in the new Ghostbusters movie. His followers then took to Twitter and said the most hateful, vile, and racist things to Leslie.
Milo didn’t, his followers did. Twitter should have shut down the accounts sending the horrible messages unless Milo specifically called for vile, hate speech to be sent to Leslie Jones.
Does that mean Donald J. Trump should be shutdown because his followers send me vile, hateful messages or what about what his followers sent Julia Ioffe after she profiled Melania in GQ Magazine?
Take a look at the Twitter rules:
Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.
- Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.
- Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
- if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
- if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
- if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
- if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
- Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
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