Twitter has been accused by, for Example, "Breitbart News" and news.com.au of having a double Standard. It has banned the Accounts of High-Profile-Donald Trump-Supporters like Richard Spencer and Milo Yiannopoulos. The Twitter-Ban on Richard resulted in his getting Interviews with CBS News and NPR. Richard's Account was suspended on 15 November 2016 and reinstated on 10 December 2016. "Salon" says that Richard "had too many overlapping accounts".
According to informationliberation.com, a Twitter-User did a Hate-Speech-Experiment. On one Account the User wrote: "I f***ing hate white people and their inconsiderate a***s for voting for Trump. F*** you." On another Account the same Message was posted with the Word "black" substituted for the Word "white" and the word "Clinton" substituted for the word "Trump": "I f***ing hate black people and their inconsiderate a***s for voting for Clinton. F*** you." Both Accounts were reported, both Messages were reviewed by Twitter-Personnel, and the only Account that was suspended was the one with the Message that was hateful toward black People.
Antonio Padula-Case in Canada
On 31 January 2017, a Twitter-User named Antonio Padula made the following Comment under his Twitter-Handle @Hermit_Spirit from his Home in Kirkland, in Montreal, Canada's West Island area: "I am against all those things and I need you to prove you are also, by killing all refugees at the airport before they come rape your family". Another tweet of his said: "I need u to tell me how do we stop sharia law, before it hits US shores? I can only think of killing innocent muslims while praying, you?" Antonio was arrested on 1 February and Charges were laid on that very Day.
According to "Vice", Antonio was apparently being sarcastic and trying to get People to embrace Muslim Immigration. One of his Tweets, however, was apparently not sarcastic and was directed at Police-Officer Marie-Élaine Gagnon, who was using the Handle @GSloanMDK. The Tweet said: "If I ever find you... I will be honored to kill you!" One of Marie-Élaine's tweets said: "Protect us Christians from the Muslims and protect us Conservatives from the Liberals."
Donald Trump's Twitter-Account shut down for 11 Minutes
On 2nd of November 2017, a rogue Twitter-Customer-Support-Employee shut down Donald Trump's Twitter-Account for 11 Minutes. Later that Day, Twitter tweeted: "Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review." The following Day, the 3rd, Twitter tweeted: "Update: We have implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again. We won’t be able to share all details about our internal investigation or updates to our security measures, but we take this seriously and our teams are on it."
Pauses Verification of new blue Checkmarks
On 9 November 2017, Twitter temporarily halted Verification of new blue Checkmarks for Accounts after approving one for Unite-the-Right-Rally-Organiser Jason Kessler, something that caused Protests by some in the Twittersphere, including Comedian Michael Ian Black, who feels the coveted Checkmark "confers authority and legitimacy".
Reacting to News that Jason Kessler was verified by Twitter, Michael tweeted:
Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter. I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction. pic.twitter.com/IMXqtmhgvn— Jason Kessler (@TheMadDimension) November 7, 2017
Isn't the checkmark simply to verify the identity of the tweeter? It confers no authority or validation. Frankly, I'd prefer more users, not fewer, tweeted under their real identities.— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) November 9, 2017
In theory, yes. But not in practice. In practice, the checkmark confers authority and legitimacy.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 9, 2017
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017
1 / UPDATE on our verification program and the actions we're taking.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
2 / Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
3 / This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
4 / We're working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program. https://t.co/j6P0HGXIVq— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
Jason was unverified on 15 November:
5 / We are conducting an initial review of verified accounts and will remove verification from accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines. We will continue to review and take action as we work towards a new program we are proud of.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 15, 2017
Twitter has changed their verification policy just to be able to censor me. Several other accounts were unverified including Richard Spencer and James Allsup while Baked Alaska was permanently suspended altogether. pic.twitter.com/PO1QnJC2C6— Jason Kessler (@TheMadDimension) November 15, 2017
What People have said about Twitter
- 'New user FAQs'. support.twitter.com. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- Brandon Smith (5 June 2012). "The Beginner's Guide to Twitter". mashable.com. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- Matthew Dunn (21 July 2017). "Milo Yiannopoulos banned from Twitter, which highlights double standards of the platform". news.com.au. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- Ben Kew (20 July 2016). "Double Standards: Leslie Jones’ Racist Twitter History". breitbart.com. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- Adele Stan (23 November 2016). "White Nationalist Richard Spencer Is Donald Trump’s Most Avid Apprentice". newrepublic.com. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- Chris Summers (20 July 2016). "Controversial Right-wing writer Milo is permanently banned from Twitter after trolling Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- Terry Collins (13 December 2016). "'Alt-right's' Spencer is back on Twitter. Is hate speech, too?" cnet.com. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Matthew Rosza (7 March 2017). "David Duke is banned by Twitter, then brought back, for threatening to shut down synagogues". salon.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- Chris Menahan (17 November 2016). "Twitter User Replaces 'White' With 'Black,' Gets Banned". informationliberation.com. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
- "Serious or sarcastic? Civil rights lawyer questions Montreal arrest over alleged hate speech". cbc.ca. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- Brigitte Noël (3 February 2017). "The Strange Twists of a High-Profile Quebec Hate Speech Arrest". vice.com. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
- Chris Cillizza (3 November 2017). "Why it should worry you that Trump's Twitter feed went down". cnn.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- @TwitterGov (2 November 2017). "Through our investigation we have learned ... " twitter.com. Archived from the Original on 2 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- JOE UCHILL (3 November 2017). "Attorney to ex-Twitter worker who deactivated Trump account: 'Get a lawyer'". thehill.com. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- @TwitterGov (3 November 2017). "Update: We have implemented safeguards ... " twitter.com. Archived from the Original on 3 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
- "Twitter suspends blue check mark verifications". cnn.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
- Michael Ian Black (8 November 2017). "In theory, yes. But not in practice..." twitter.com. Archived from the Original on 10 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.