#RIPTwitter: Twitter caves to SJWs for Trust & Safety Council

posted at 4:41 pm on February 11, 2016 by Taylor Millard

Twitter is doing is best imitation of the U.S. government during World War II by coming up with the Twitter Trust & Safety Council. The social media company quietly announced the ominously named group the same day of the New Hampshire primary, making it easy for them to avoid a major publicity hit. But one look at this “Trust & Safety Council” shows it might as well be the U.S. Office of Censorship (emphasis mine):

To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies. With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.

That’s why we are announcing the formation of the Twitter Trust & Safety Council, a new and foundational part of our strategy to ensure that people feel safe expressing themselves on Twitter.

Members of the Trust & Safety Council include Feminist Frequency (led by Anita Sarkeesian of the anti-GamerGate movement), GLAAD, [email protected], The Cybersmile Foundation, and the Anti-Defamation League. The latter two have been heavily involved in getting cyber legislation passed under the idea of “protecting people from abuse,” while [email protected] is trying to find a “balance” between free speech and social responsibility. These are Social Justice Warriors who appear to be looking to make sure the Internet is free of speech they find offensive. It used to be Twitter users could just hit “block” or “report spam” as a way to not see Twitter trolls, but now it appears a purge is going to happen. I’m extremely sympathetic to people who have been bullied (whether it’s online or in person), but stamping out hateful speech while claiming to be in favor of “free speech” is just completely hypocritical. Free speech means the good has to come with the bad, so those #altright members who preach “white pride” or the #Blacklivesmatter crew which looks for racism everywhere are as welcome on Twitter as those posting cat videos or talking about their favorite sports teams or politician. It means the people who hate cops should be allowed to tweet, as much as those who love cops. There doesn’t need to be a balance in free speech, because FREE SPEECH IS FREE SPEECH. This is what Twitter is failing to do with its new Twitter Trust & Safety Council, especially when it doesn’t define what offensive behavior is (emphasis original).

Twitter empowers every voice to shape the world. But you can’t do that unless you feel safe and confident enough to express yourself freely and connect with the world around you. To help give your voice more power, Twitter does not tolerate behavior intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice.

Working together, we will ensure Twitter is a platform where anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently. 

Twitter has to give an actual definition of what they consider “harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice”. If it’s actual threats of violence (like Dana Loesch has received), then it makes sense to ban the users (and contact the authorities). But if it’s simply calling someone a “jerk”, or using swear words to describe someone, is that really worth removing a user from Twitter? Doesn’t the “block” or “report spam” button work well enough? It just seems odd for Twitter to give a broad definition of “harassment” unless they’re just pandering to the chronically offended. If that’s the case, then what does that say about Twitter’s leadership? It’s almost similar to some of the problems Reddit had last year where they started banning areas like “Fat People Hate” (which Minecraft created Markus Persson said was offensive but didn’t want it shut down) or the people who were “shadow banned” for criticizing ex-CEO Ellen Pao. It’s censorship, disguised as keeping people “safe”. People would be up in arms if the U.S. government did this, so why aren’t more people angry about it outside of conservatives and libertarians? Is it because those on the Left don’t expect to be censored or because they tacitly agree with it? Twitter has every right to put in these new rules. They’re a private business and I do not believe any level of government should try to step in and tell the company what to do. But it will be interesting to see how Twitter users will react to this. Will they rebel like Reddit users did, and start petitions pushing for CEO Jack Dorsey’s resignation or will he be pushed out anyway due to Twitter’s falling stock and customers? These new rules may drive even more customers to alternatives like Quitter.se or Cyber Dust for their social media. That’s how the free market works, and Twitter may soon learn this hard lesson.

Censorship isn’t cool, and some people on the Right and the Left are leaving Twitter in protest. There’s no guarantee Twitter will become the next MySpace, but if the revolt is large enough it might force Twitter to change its ways and go back to the old policy. Until then, it’s up to Twitter users to decide whether they’ll keep their account or seek alternatives which care more about free speech, than pandering.


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PolAgnostic [email protected] · Feb 9

Sharehldr lawsuit vs BoD?
52 wk
High – $53.08/share
Low – 2/9/16 – $14.53
Down 73%
BRILLIANT!

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Let’s just skip the BS and call them what they are, we can use the Russian name: Zampolit.

rgranger on February 11, 2016 at 4:46 PM

What does “truth” have to do with “feeling safe”??

fred5678 on February 11, 2016 at 4:48 PM

Yep, when the put Sarkasian on the frickin counsel, we are all getting banned. The council reads like a who’s who of leftist SJWs.

melle1228 on February 11, 2016 at 4:50 PM

Twitter has to give an actual definition of what they consider “harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice”.

Easy. All someone will have to say is that a conservative comment “offended” them.

GarandFan on February 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Pathetic. What they want is for the cat ladies to run the place.

They’re dead.

Dick Richard on February 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

52 wk range
High – $53.08/share – $53.49
Low – 2/9/16 – $14.53 – $ 13.91

Down 74% – in a 10 month time span

Under normal circumstances, the board would be furiously looking for someone to BUY Twitter.

In these circumstances, where NO fiduciary responsibility is being evidenced, it is likely they will continue to free fall into oblivion and the stock will be de-listed.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Every now and then I think about getting a twitter account. Then stories like this remind me why I don’t have one.

I expect a massive pogrom of anyone to the right of Mao.

Vanceone on February 11, 2016 at 4:55 PM

…fcuk twitter!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 11, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Unless you are a celebrity or news maker or ISIS, nobody reads your Tweets on Twitter. If you are on Twitter, Check for yourself: https://analytics.twitter.com/
And the “Impression” stats they show….BS…when someone scrolls through their timeline and your Tweet happens to be one of them it is counted as an ‘impression’…not necessarily read.

#RIPTwitter

albill on February 11, 2016 at 4:57 PM

It’s censorship, disguised as keeping people “safe”

Censorship, and much worse, usually are disguised as “safety” measures. Like the Committee for Public Safety.

forest on February 11, 2016 at 4:58 PM

I’ve never understood why anyone needs Twitter or Facebook or anything else to serve as a choke point on the Internet.

The whole idea of the Internet is that it serves as a communication medium which cannot be knocked out: it doesn’t HAVE a “chokepoint”…unless you voluntarily create one!!! Why give this characteristic up to leftists wanting to get rich on the traffic you generate? I don’t get it.

You can get your own web site for around $5/month, and post anything you want on it.

PS: See me on Facebook? It’s NOT ME!!! Follow me on Twitter? YOU CAN’T: I’m not there! …but you’re welcome to visit one of my web sites at any time…without asking the nannies at Twitter for permission to do so.

landlines on February 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Pathetic. What they want is for the cat ladies to run the place.

They’re dead.

Dick Richard on February 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

Yep. Miss Havisham and her colleagues can enjoy the wedding cake and their kittehs.

Mr. D on February 11, 2016 at 5:03 PM

Trust and safety council? WTF does that even mean….

sorrowen on February 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM

I think Twitter should go the way of Facebook and force people to use their real names. I have no problem with people who make threats or racist statements on Facebook but when people are forced to do it with out anonymity then they think before they post a lot more as well as the public can also make those postings available to their school/employers and let them decide if those are the types of people they want representing their learning institution or place of business.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

I was thinking of tweeting something on Twitter on my way home from work, but I then realized I’d lrobably get a lawsuit thrown at me in advance just in case I tweeted something that someone so.ewbere in the world could conceivably take offense to.

Varchild on February 11, 2016 at 5:06 PM

I’ve never understood why anyone needs Twitter or Facebook or anything else to serve as a choke point on the Internet.

The whole idea of the Internet is that it serves as a communication medium which cannot be knocked out: it doesn’t HAVE a “chokepoint”…unless you voluntarily create one!!! Why give this characteristic up to leftists wanting to get rich on the traffic you generate? I don’t get it.

You can get your own web site for around $5/month, and post anything you want on it.

PS: See me on Facebook? It’s NOT ME!!! Follow me on Twitter? YOU CAN’T: I’m not there! …but you’re welcome to visit one of my web sites at any time…without asking the nannies at Twitter for permission to do so.

landlines on February 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM
———–

That’s just the thing. You’re not interesting enough alone to cause large numbers of people to want to go to your website. Where as with facebook and twitter (and other social media sites as well) is like subscribing to the websites of all your favorite friends or celebrities all at once.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:07 PM

You can get your own web site for around $5/month, and post anything you want on it.

landlines on February 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM

And how do you propose to drive traffic there? How will anyone actually see it?

The_Jacobite on February 11, 2016 at 5:13 PM

So I guess that Trumpty Dumpty has tweeted his last tweet then.

MJBrutus on February 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

so, if an illegal alien is “offended” by the word “illegal”, “alien” , “border”, or “anchor baby”, well then the little snowflake can have Twitter silence the truth

Senator Philip Bluster on February 11, 2016 at 5:14 PM

If I self identify as a victim can I bully people and companies too?

antipc on February 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Is this the new Star Chamber, Index, or Inquisition II?

OldEnglish on February 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM

Trust and safety council? WTF does that even mean….

sorrowen on February 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM

ATTAAACK WAAATCH RETURNS!

katy the mean old lady on February 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Men are going to need their own outlet.

MANSIGNALER

No women or femsplainin’ allowed.

Put a special tag like the follow/friend for those females you WANT to hear from. (????) I know but some guys are gluttons for punishment.

There was a reason why men’s clubs evolved. And it wasn’t to golf or hunt or other sport (although that’s fun too) it was to give men a place where they could be free of female influence and interference.

Women don’t have this need (well maybe these days because of beta males clinging and whining) because their raison d’etre is to pester men, well that a babies. (face it ladies, it’s the truth.)

We’d still be living in caves if it weren’t for women but just the same, now and then it’s nice to go off and have some SILENCE!
(no offense we love you dearly but you just won’t shut up)

jake1246 on February 11, 2016 at 5:17 PM

Drip, drip, drip. Looks like Twitter will be checking out sooner than we thought.

Zomcon JEM on February 11, 2016 at 5:18 PM

Tweet.

Tweet, tweet.

Tweet.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 5:18 PM

People are only interesting or amusing or clever a few times a day.

Twitter helps others catch those few times.

And flush the rest.

jake1246 on February 11, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Does this mean The Donald won’t get to tweet out his deeply profound commentaries on Megyn Kelly’s mensies and Carly’s face?

Whatever shall we do?

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 5:24 PM

I think Twitter should go the way of Facebook and force people to use their real names. I have no problem with people who make threats or racist statements on Facebook but when people are forced to do it with out anonymity then they think before they post a lot more as well as the public can also make those postings available to their school/employers and let them decide if those are the types of people they want representing their learning institution or place of business.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

I see that you’re using your real name right here on good ol’ HA.

RickB on February 11, 2016 at 5:30 PM

We must keep all of our Special Snowflakes® safe now, musn’t we? Can’t they just post Trigger Warnings when one of you mutants say ISLAMIC TERRORISM?

NOMOBO on February 11, 2016 at 5:31 PM

ATTAAACK WAAATCH RETURNS!

katy the mean old lady on February 11, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Oh, I’d forgotten about that nonsense.

Dick Richard on February 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

The problem with the ‘it’s their private business so they make the rules’ argument is that it’s owned by stock holders who have a vested interest in having as many people interact with the site. You want more users, not less. Dumb management shouldn’t take the stockholders down with them.

dengony on February 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

!!!ATTACK WATCH!!!

22044 on February 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

Ha – I didn’t see Katy’s post. Darn, I wanted to be Bishop.

22044 on February 11, 2016 at 5:38 PM

It figures. Bill O’Reilly starts tweetering and the site goes to ell.

Deadeye on February 11, 2016 at 5:40 PM

There doesn’t need to be a balance in free speech, because FREE SPEECH IS FREE SPEECH.

Twitter isn’t a Constitutionally guaranteed right. I go along with Rush’s description of Twitter as “the sewer of the internet”, anyway.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 5:40 PM

I think Twitter should go the way of Facebook and force people to use their real names.
Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

LOL, “real names”.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 5:43 PM

What a coincidence. Just in time for election year so they can block an delete anyone who dares to post the truth.

Gregor on February 11, 2016 at 5:48 PM

I think Twitter should go the way of Facebook and force people to use their real real-sounding names.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

FIFY.

Last I checked, Facebook wasn’t coming to my home and matching ID’s or checking names. Pretty sure I’ve seen my fair share of fictional characters as well as people posing as celebrities. There is no vetting beyond some simple checkpoint to ensure you can’t say your name is Smarmy McMonkey. Smarmy McDawdles, however, is A-OK.

WhaleBellied on February 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

People would be up in arms if the U.S. government did this, so why aren’t more people angry about it …

Sorry to break it to you. Who do you think they are working with to come up with this idea?

The U.S. Government. Twitter is most definitely working with the U.S. Government.

Gregor on February 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Charles Johnson banned me from LGF and his Twitter feed. He’s in his safe space, now.

Kanga on February 11, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Working together, we will ensure Twitter is a platform where anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently.

“Unless we disagree with you. Whereupon **down twinkles**! And, deletion.
Thanks, totally free-thinking comrades!”

Glad I never learned to use the POS known as Twitter. Nor will. If I want to get deleted for saying something even vaguely critical of the Liberal Party Line, I can post a note on The Hill criticizing Hillary Clinton. (Trust me: That’s a sufficient offense).

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 5:55 PM

Every now and then I think about getting a twitter account. Then stories like this remind me why I don’t have one.

I expect a massive pogrom of anyone to the right of Mao.

Vanceone on February 11, 2016 at 4:55 PM

this ….

conservative tarheel on February 11, 2016 at 5:56 PM

There is no vetting beyond some simple checkpoint to ensure you can’t say your name is Smarmy McMonkey. Smarmy McDawdles, however, is A-OK.

So, using ‘Cankles Clintonosaurus’ as an identifier: Completely out of the question?
A pity.
Might’ve been fun.

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Last I checked, Facebook wasn’t coming to my home and matching ID’s or checking names. Pretty sure I’ve seen my fair share of fictional characters as well as people posing as celebrities. There is no vetting beyond some simple checkpoint to ensure you can’t say your name is Smarmy McMonkey. Smarmy McDawdles, however, is A-OK.
WhaleBellied on February 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

Yup, it’s incredibly easy to join FB using a fake name. It’s might block some names, e.g. ones with cuss words, but otherwise it’s a piece of cake to sign up as Welliford Wallydoodle or whatever nom de plume you wanna use.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM

So, using ‘Cankles Clintonosaurus’ as an identifier: Completely out of the question?
A pity.
Might’ve been fun.

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Might fly, actually.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 6:01 PM

So, using ‘Cankles Clintonosaurus’ as an identifier: Completely out of the question?
A pity.
Might’ve been fun.

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 5:57 PM

Hmm. Don’t know, I haven’t tried that one yet but it’d be a fun one to pick up. I’ll defer first dibs to you, of course.

WhaleBellied on February 11, 2016 at 6:02 PM

And how do you propose to drive traffic there? How will anyone actually see it?

The_Jacobite on February 11, 2016 at 5:13 PM

1. Register your site with Google, Yahoo, and the other major search engines. DO NOT register with FFA sites or “search engines” you’ve never heard of: these will only get you useless traffic and lots of SPAM, and will degrade your ranking in legitimate search engines.

2. Put interesting and/or unique stuff on your page: preferrably stuff people can’t find elsewhere. Useful lists are like “search engine candy”: they can’t resist!!

3. Make sure your page conforms to HTML and CSS standards and spell everything correctly so the search engines can read it. Use the W3C tools (validator.w3.org, jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator) to verify your page(s).

4. Just like on Facebook (or any other web site), the presence of traffic will draw more traffic. So start out by sending a link to your friends/associates/customers.

You’re not interesting enough alone to cause large numbers of people to want to go to your website. Where as with facebook and twitter (and other social media sites as well) is like subscribing to the websites of all your favorite friends or celebrities all at once.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:07 PM

This is a fallacy. It is your traffic, your content, and your links which determine whether people will see your website. Putting your web site on Facebook draws traffic to Facebook: not your website.

Three most important things: content, content, content.

I suppose if you don’t care who goes to your website or why they go, you could figure out other ways to attract large numbers of people, including lots of predators and scam artists. For instance, you could post a page with a story like “I just won the lottery and don’t know what to do with my $100,000” and include your address and phone number…and attract lots of traffic. Personally, I like to be highly selective about who I talk to, and what I talk about.

landlines on February 11, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Enrolled in Facebook to communicate with family, but quickly decided not to bother with that particular avenue. Getting OUT of Facebook is like leaving Hotel California—“Someone mistakenly cancelled your enrollment! Press HERE to come back to the Facebook family!”, or some such nonsense off and on for months.

My site pretty much said “If you know me you don’t need the details here. If you don’t: you’re not entitled to the details”. Already feel like I divulged too much. The personal exposure appeals to teenage girls and narcissists—“Got my hair highlighted today: 37 pix to follow!!”, and few others.
I prefer anonymity in the Brave New World, thanks.
Hope one day to dump the cellphone and laptop.
Not yet.
But soon.

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 6:56 PM

Hmm. Don’t know, I haven’t tried that one yet but it’d be a fun one to pick up. I’ll defer first dibs to you, of course.

WhaleBellied

I hereby relinquish my right to use ‘Cankles Clintonosaurus’ on Twitter. Have at it, and enjoy.

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 6:58 PM

I think Twitter should go the way of Facebook and force people to use their real names. I have no problem with people who make threats or racist statements on Facebook but when people are forced to do it with out anonymity then they think before they post a lot more as well as the public can also make those postings available to their school/employers and let them decide if those are the types of people they want representing their learning institution or place of business.

Politricks on February 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Yep, he’s a Leftist and a Democrat. And he wants this for the same reasons his ancestors and mentors in the Klan wanted the NAACP membership lists.

Democrats: The Party of Slavery, from the plantation to the collective.

SDN on February 11, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Last I checked, Facebook wasn’t coming to my home and matching ID’s or checking names. Pretty sure I’ve seen my fair share of fictional characters as well as people posing as celebrities. There is no vetting beyond some simple checkpoint to ensure you can’t say your name is Smarmy McMonkey. Smarmy McDawdles, however, is A-OK.
WhaleBellied on February 11, 2016 at 5:51 PM

FB accused me of using a fake name because I share my maiden name with a famous fictional character. In order to use it-FB was demanding a copy of my birth certificate.
Wasn’t gonna happen.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2016 at 11:17 PM

Twitter won’t change it back no matter how much complaining people do or if some people leave. Remember when You(Google)Tube changed their look and made everyone go through Google + and all that crap? Everyone and their mother complained about it. Did they change it back? No.
It seems to take just one totalitarian person or group of people to want to implement their little version of “1984” to totally ruin a website. And being the kind of people they are, they don’t give a damn what you think, apparently.

Sterling Holobyte on February 12, 2016 at 12:42 AM

There is no such thing as hate speech. Just speech I like and speech I don’t like.

MunDane68 on February 12, 2016 at 9:30 AM