Nothing like vague…..
Twitter is a private company that has a right to allow and to ban whatever speech they would like on their platform. But its users also have the right to call them out on using that power to silence debate.
Twitter has announced that starting December 18th, they will not allow users who “affiliate with organizations that … use or promote violence.” They make clear that it matters not whether the organization is allegedly violent “on [or] off the platform,” and do not define “affiliate” or “violence:”
This leaves open a lot of important questions:
- What counts as a “violent” organization? Does Black Lives Matter fit? What about “alt-right” protesters? Does the group need to be “illegal?” (Under which jurisdiction’s laws?) What about groups fighting for active revolutions (and does it matter if they are oppressed peoples fighting against an abusive government)? They do say the ban is…
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