Twitter was key to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
Rather than rely on what he called the “dishonest press” to frame and spin his message, he could fire off tweets to his 16.5 million followers.
But following the election, Twitter has begun to purge so-called “alt-right” accounts and the company made clear the same criteria could be used to ban the President-elect.
Leftists on Twitter want a “safe space.”
They constantly complain about harassment and bullying.
Twitter’s first response was banning of online conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
He was banned for allegedly directing his followers to mock Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.
Next, Twitter suspended the account of conservative University of Tennessee Law Professor Glenn Reynolds for speaking out against Black Lives Matter radicals who protested by blocking roadways.
While Milo’s account was permanently banned, Reynolds’ access to the social media platform was eventually restored.
But it was the first warning sign that Twitter would use their new policies against harassment and abuse to specifically target conservatives.
Following the election, Twitter purged a number of accounts belonging to prominent members of the so-called “alt-right.”
The “alt-right” is a small, largely insignificant number of white nationalists who have been given a platform by the so-called “mainstream” media in order to embarrass conservatives.
No one had heard of this group until well into the 2016 campaign when the press – and Hillary Clinton – tried to use them to smear Donald Trump and his supporters as “deplorable.”
But the same standard Twitter used to ban “alt-right” accounts could be used against Donald Trump.
“Twitter recently suspended the accounts of several leading pundits and activists from the “alt-right,” a pro-Trump movement that is linked with notions of white supremacy, white nationalism, and anti-Semitism. Asked whether Twitter would ever consider banning key government officials or even the president himself, a company spokesperson responded via email: “The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.” Pressed on whether that meant that, hypothetically, Trump himself could be suspended were he to violate those policies, a spokesperson confirmed: “The Twitter Rules apply to all accounts, including verified accounts.”
That’s a tough line from a company that once declared itself the “free speech wing of the free speech party.” But it’s in keeping with Twitter’s renewed emphasis on enforcing harassment and hate speech policies. Among the potentially relevant clauses are its prohibitions on the promotion of violence; targeted harassment of another user, including incitements to harassment; and direct attacks on people on the basis of “race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.”
Liberals consider every word President-elect Trump utters to be racist, sexist, Islamophobic, misogynistic, and hate-filled.
President-elect Trump is pro-Life, so liberals claim that means he hates women.
He wants to shut down the dangerous refugee program that allowed terrorists like the Ohio State University attacker into our country, so he is biased against Muslims.
It goes on and on.
Liberals hurl names like “racist” at conservatives to silence opposition to their policies.
Being smeared as a racist often leaves the accused defenseless in society.
Many critics are concerned Twitter will use their new guidelines to purge conservatives from their platform.
And that could start with President-elect Trump.