This is the second in a two-part series on how to navigate the confusing set of rules and norms that govern Twitter, a platform that is plummeting to its doom faster than an obese lemming.
Twitter has failed to provide users with a clear guide on how to avoid facing censure on the network and refuses to comment publicly about specific instances of punishment. Users on Twitter aren’t given a chance to appeal their punishments or defend themselves.
In the first installment of this series, I gave users an easy guide on what behaviours to avoid on the platform. The full list, which can be read here, includes: exposing pedophiles, using metaphors, and tweeting while conservative.
In the second part of the series, I’m going to look at some of the behaviours that don’t meet with punishment on Twitter. Looking at the list, it’s hard to see how some of the users involved haven’t been permabanned. Maybe it has something to do with their politics? Take a look and decide for yourself.
Call for violence against individuals
Kill George Zimmerman 🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾🖕🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾
— Rambeaux (@ASAP_RAM) January 26, 2016
900 million first thing I'm doing is offering a million to the first person to kill George Zimmerman
— Tommy Shelby (@Notufatjesus_) January 9, 2016
Memorizing the name Milo Yiannopoulos, so that if I ever meet him I can punch him in the face.
— Hilary Parker (@hspter) February 15, 2013
It's 9:18 AM and I want to kill Donald Trump.
— (@CURRENTLYANGRY) December 13, 2015
If Twitter’s rules were followed, these accounts would all be banned under the platform’s clear policies against abuse, harassment, and threats of violence. Maybe they only mean metaphorical threats of violence?
Call for violence against groups
— Darrren (@fagbones) January 18, 2016
From Twitter’s rules: “Users … may not make threats or promote violence against a person or group on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or disability.”
Clearly, they only mean threats of violence against some genders and ethnicities. It’s a good thing Breitbart Tech is here to clarify matters, or Twitter users would be hopelessly confused.
Expose private information
Once again Twitter’s rules are clear that exposing private information is not allowed under any circumstances. From the rules: “You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address, or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission.”
However, the savvy Twitter user can dodge this rule. All they need to do is support Black Lives Matter and also be a progressive politician. It certainly worked for Alondra Cano, a Minneapolis city councillor who revealed the personal names and adresses of constituents after they complained about her participation in a disruptive Black Lives Matter protest.
if this confused anyone your answers are here ugh i love myself more than donald trump loves being an ugly toenail https://t.co/HK3qahalMB
— twaimz✨ (@issa) January 20, 2016
Ricky Gervais and Milo Yiannopoulos early contenders for 2016's Golden Dickhead Trophy.
— Bantrim Smoot (@gilfer) January 12, 2016
I just….. Really…. Can't believe…… Donald Trump….. Is really….. That…. Ugly.
— 🌹Cait Keating🌹 (@caitthecatwoman) January 26, 2016
Given that Adam Baldwin was suspended for insulting people by implication, it would be odd if Twitter did nothing about these accounts. Then again, Adam Baldwin is a conservative.
Twitter doesn’t seem to be that bothered about terrorists using its platform. As we’ve previously reported, it took concerted efforts by online vigilantes to make a serious impact against the Islamic State’s Twitter presence, which comprises a vital element in their recruitment and propaganda drives. The Brookings Institue estimates that ISIS can rely on over 40,000 supportive accounts on the platform. In fact, there are so many terrorist-supporting accounts on Twitter that they’re even fighting with each other. Vocative recently reported that ISIS-supporting accounts were getting into spats with the Taliban on Twitter. Someone should check if they’re being politically correct. If ISIS have been giving the Taliban PTSD, they’ll be in serious trouble.