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Response to bluestarone (Original post)

Mon Jul 29, 2019, 08:27 AM

9. Because the algorithm that would ban white nationalist hate speech would also ban most Republicans.

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https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/04/25/twitter-cant-ban-racism-because-theyd-have-to-ban-republicans-too/

In this case, we have something tangible that we can explore. The difficulty of banning white nationalist hate rhetoric from Twitter stems directly from the fact that it would be politically divisive and therefore problematic for the company. The divisiveness doesn’t primarily derive from limitations on free speech. While some people are obviously sympathetic to the ideology and actions of ISIS, the number is too small to create a significant backlash when their content is banned. Likewise, relatively few people are supportive of Nazis and Klansmen, and their content would not be missed if it were suddenly absent. The divisiveness in this case arises from the fact that the subjects of the ban have political power.

Any move that could be perceived as being anti-Republican is likely to stir backlash against the company, which has been criticized by President Trump and other prominent Republicans for having an “anti-conservative bias.”

What this means is that everyone is subjected to hate speech on Twitter solely because there are Republicans who engage in hate speech.


Oh, and because Dorsey likes being a billionaire. Banning hate speech would seriously affect the bottom line.

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