'Twitter Purge' Shows Website's Leftist Double Standard

ola olugbemi | December 19, 2017
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Twitter recently updated its terms of service and implemented a sitewide purge of accounts on Monday, claiming that it needed to crack down on accounts that violated the new terms.

But in typical leftist fashion, the company seemed only to discriminate against users who were affiliated with far right-wing groups, such as White Nationalist Jared Taylor and Britain First leader Jayda Fransen who were both blocked on Monday.

The Daily Caller reported that the purge seemed arbitrarily enforced, as only random accounts were banned, but also noted that left-wing accounts appeared to be left alone.

While Twitter stated that the crackdown was made “to reduce hateful conduct and abusive behavior,” the Daily Caller noted that many leftists published identically violent and hateful rhetoric, but continued to use the website unscathed. Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai, was the target of many of those leftist attacks.

Pai has been a vocal critic of the apparent double-standards from social media sites like Twitter, accusing them of stifling opinions that do not fall in step with their own. Speaking at an event promoting the destruction of net neutrality rules, Pai referenced Twitter’s past efforts to stifle pro-life messages:

Twitter blocked Representative Marsha Blackburn from advertising her Senate campaign launch video because it featured a pro-life message. Before that, during the so-called Day of Action, Twitter warned users that a link to a statement by one company on the topic of Internet regulation “may be unsafe.” And to say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users. This conduct is many things, but it isn’t fighting for an open Internet.

A quick search through Twitter for violent leftist groups like ANTIFA shows that Twitter may be more concerned with silencing ideological opponents than truly upholding their terms of service.

(Cover Photo: Max Pixel)

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