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Twitter’s Hypocritical Approach To “Abusive Behavior”

Following the election of republican nominee Donald Trump, Twitter has purged a number of “alt-right” accounts (I’m putting quotations makes because nobody can really seem to agree what that term actually means), including one of my personal favorites, Ricky Vaughn (@DatRickyVaughn).

Heidi Beirich, spokeswoman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, told USA TODAY that the center had asked Twitter to remove more than 100 accounts of white supremacists who violated Twitter’s terms of service.¬†She also pointed to two alt-right accounts that had been verified by Twitter, Spencer’s and Heimblach’s.

Meanwhile, Twitter has made it’s views on what constitutes abusive behavior on the platform abundantly clear. For example, as reported by Chateau Heartiste, simply changing one word of a tweet, from white to black, can be enough to get a user suspended:




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