August 15, 2018 by: Isabelle Z.
News) Yesterday, Twitter unveiled its plans to ban accounts that it claims
are trying to evade suspension, but there is something that doesn’t
quite add up about their approach. In fact, it could see accounts that
haven’t done anything wrong getting suspended anyway. Is that what they
intended all along?
tweet posted to the official Twitter Safety account read:
week, we are suspending accounts for attempting to evade an account
suspension. These accounts were previously suspended for abusive behavior
or evading a previous suspension, and are not allowed to continue using
this appears to mean is that they’re cracking down on the accounts that
they believe belong to users who were previously suspended on the platform
under different accounts. While it may sound reasonable that they wish to
enforce a ban – even though these bans are often unreasonable in first
place – it’s not clear how they plan to identify that an account actually
belongs to a person who was previously banned.
about those users whose accounts were suspended unfairly for political
reasons but still wish to use the platform, say, for business? If they set
up new accounts under different names and aren’t breaking any rules or
discussing controversial topics, it’s interesting that Twitter is putting
so much effort into finding them and shutting them down.
subject to Twitter’s whims
Jack Dorsey took a lot of flak last week when he said the platform
wouldn’t be banning controversial right-wing host Alex Jones as many other
social media platforms did. There appears to be an angry mob mentality
directed toward Jones among the left-leaning tech world. Many of Twitter’s
own employees stated publicly that they had a problem with Dorsey’s belief
that Jones shouldn’t be banned because he didn’t break any rules.
this move and his promised changes to the existing rules mean that he has
changed his stance? If so, it’s bad news for everybody. Former U.K.
Independence party leader Nigel Farage summed up where all this could lead
quite nicely when he wrote: “And while many on the libertarian right and
within the conservative movement have their issues with Alex Jones and
InfoWars, this week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and
Spotify represents a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that
could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media
appears to be on the road to confining conservative voices to this social
media history dustbin as it reserves the right to suspend the accounts of
people simply because it believes they might be past account holders who
were suspended. This gives them yet another excuse to censor someone while
claiming to be following their “rules.” Right now, they use information
such as an individual’s phone number, email address, and IP addressto
check whether banned users are attempting to create new accounts. They
have declined to explain what method they plan to use moving forward.
company has said that the new wave of suspensions will be issued this week
and in the weeks to come as it identifies people who are “attempting to
tweet following an account suspension.” Last month, it was reported that
Twitter suspended up to 70 million accounts in May and June alone and was
on pace to match this in July.
is looking rather desperate as it tries to improve its public
image and hold on to users. In the second quarter of this year, they lost
1 million monthly active users and their numbers have been stagnating. The
way they handle people exercising their right to free speech could
see people continuing to leave the platform in droves in the months and
years to come.
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