August 25, 2016, 22:25 | Updated: May 8, 2017, 17:09
Your hobby matters: Twitter
There is no getting around it. Twitter is important. It’s the first line of communication for most hot stories and has changed the way people talk about news and pop culture (as well as dank memes, etc.).
But Twitter has also proven itself to be uncanny when it comes to reporting cases of abuse. Celebrities, the majority of whom are people of color or women, have been kicked off the platform for their inadequate response to racist and sexist trolls on the platform. Several famous trolls were banned on Twitter but only after the calls to action became unmissable. Take, for example, British swindler, Milo Yiannopoulos, who received a lifetime ban last month for inciting the downfall of Leslie Jones.
As a daily user, it’s amazing to see famous, creative, amazing people kicked out of the platform by the unregulated troll culture. For the last month, Popbuzz has covered a lesbian actress, singer and artist, all of whom are struggling with the process of leaving twitter while their abusers are allowed to stay and post. free.
Despite all this, Twitter has never actually moderated every offensive comment. But here’s a question: Why is Twitter able to remove accounts that post GIFs and videos about the Olympics, but can’t do much about internet abuse?
In fact, a lot of people are wondering the same thing.
Twitter will delete your account for posting Olympic videos quickly but take their time trolling
— [J]ayJChillin (@JayJazzi) August 13, 2016
– Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) August 21, 2016
– Brian Nisbet (@natural20) August 23, 2016
If this is a bit new to you, here’s some context.
The Olympic Committee announced an outright ban on GIFs this year, a move that is sure to put Twitter in a predicament. Over the last year, Twitter has pushed for easier GIF and video integration on the platform. The ban of the Olympic committee forced Twitter to go against its own nature. But better than a lawsuit, right?
So Twitter complied. It meticulously removed user content from the Summer Olympics in violation of the terms of the Olympic committee’s ban. It even suspended some accounts in an attempt to prove itself cooperative.
the trick to fixing twitter abuse is to force the harassers to add a gif of the olympic gymnastics routine so they are quickly removed
– Colley (@JamColley) August 15, 2016
As a user of this platform, I think everyone has a right to be angry. For years, Twitter has claimed that the moderation process on their platform is complicated. Now, we see that, under the harsh glare of an Olympic-sized lawsuit, the intricacies that made the Twitter troll machine what it was, have suddenly disappeared. All Twitter needs is a little motivation during this time.
For instance, it’s nearly impossible to report threatening language that isn’t directed at you, as users are essentially asked to mind their own business.
Reported to Twitter an account with the profile “I can rape you” that tweeted feminist advocates. Verdict: “Didn’t break any rules.”
– Sarah Ditum (@sarahditum) August 21, 2016
With this new public insight into how Twitter was able to censor Olympics content, they’re basically out, because; if they have the right to censor Olympic content, surely they have the right to censor abuse online? Now, it’s time for Twitter to act.