In an obvious (though in our opinion faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar too late) effort by their lawyers to indemnify the company from the inevitable lawsuits, Twitter yesterday posted a notice entitled Enforcing New Rules to Reduce Hateful Conduct and Abusive Behavior. 1
Their new policy will ban (in part):
Accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. Groups included in this policy will be those that identify as such or engage in activity — both on and off the platform — that promotes violence. This policy does not apply to military or government entities and we will consider exceptions for groups that are currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution.
Content that glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act. This includes celebrating any violent act in a manner that may inspire others to replicate it or any violence where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group. We will require offending Tweets to be removed and repeated violations will result in permanent suspension…
…Our hateful conduct policy and rules against abusive behavior prohibit promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of their group characteristics, as well as engaging in abusive behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person’s voice. We are broadening these policies to include additional types of related content and conduct…
So far Twitter has cancelled several of the accounts that the president* is fond of retweeting.
And yet, as angry white man Rush noted a few moments ago, the president*’s Twitter account is still valid this morning.
What’s up with that, Twitter?
Yesterday @Twitter began purging accounts that glorify violence/perpetrators of violent; abusive behavior promoting violence against/directly attacking/threatening people on the basis of their group characteristics. And yet @realDonaldTrump's account is still valid #TwitterPurge
— Rush Limbaugh (@Rush_0_Limbaugh) December 19, 2017