Earlier this week, President Donald Trump retweeted a series of disturbing anti-Muslim videos, one of which appears to show a teenage boy being beaten to death. The posts predictably sparked outrage, leading users to question why Twitter would allow them to remain on the feeds of the president’s 43 million followers.
Now Twitter has explained why the videos were left up—and it’s only causing more anger.
Earlier this week Tweets were sent that contained graphic and violent videos. We pointed people to our Help Center to explain why they remained up, and this caused some confusion.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 1, 2017
Twitter previously justified letting Trump post content—even if it clearly broke the company’s poorly-enforced rules—because of a convenient internal policy that protects “newsworthy” posts.
Twitter has changed that stance and now says a video showing a boy getting murdered doesn’t fall under those guidelines. Instead, and just as alarmingly, the company is referring people to its standard media policy.
To clarify: these videos are not being kept up because they are newsworthy or for public interest. Rather, these videos are permitted on Twitter based on our current media policy. https://t.co/RqEQy3skgc
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) December 1, 2017
The policy includes a vague definition of what constitutes “graphic violence” or “adult language” and appears to skillfully elude taking down images like those reposted by Trump. While users are encouraged to report graphic violence, the rules explain the offending post won’t always be taken down, nor will the account that posted it be punished.
“Some forms of graphic violence or adult content may be permitted in Tweets when they are marked as sensitive media,” the policy says. “However, you may not include this type of content in live video, or in profile or header images.”
Twitter does say it will remove media with “excessively graphic violence out of respect for the deceased and their families” but only “if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative.”
All other violent images posted in timelines (excluding live videos) are given a “sensitive tag.”
The media rules also begin with a confusing and seemingly unnecessary note, “Please note: this policy will be updated later this year to include hate symbols and hateful imagery.”
By posting the notice, Twitter has already included those categories in its policy, except that it, for whatever reason, appears to be waiting to enforce them. It’s unclear why the publishing of rules about “hateful imagery” would need to be delayed or, perhaps, strategically scheduled.
The company’s “Safety Calendar” also indicates that on Dec. 18, a new rule will expand its policies to include content that glorifies or condones acts of violence that result in death or serious harm.
The site’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, felt compelled to chime in on Friday afternoon, reiterating why Trump’s retweeted posts weren’t taken down. His tweet was met with a cacophony of furious replies, many coming from verified accounts of people who work in media.
We mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason we didn’t take action on the videos from earlier this week. We’re still looking critically at all of our current policies, and appreciate all the feedback. See our safety calendar for our plans and ship dates. https://t.co/yGytH3eskM
— jack (@jack) December 1, 2017
Jack do you think the reason is because you desperately need Trump to keep using Twitter so he gets to do whatever he wants?
— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) December 1, 2017
Dorsey replied with a curt, “No, I don’t.”
No, I don’t
— jack (@jack) December 1, 2017
Twitter has recently taken a more active approach against accounts that promote violence and hateful speech, verifying and even banning some members. It also changed its policy on verified accounts and can now remove the coveted blue check mark if a user abuses it—a misguided policy that does nothing to address the site’s rampant harassment.
But for all its (mostly) agreeable changes, Twitter still hasn’t addressed how it plans to enforce them. Both the Twitter Safety account and Dorsey said they would welcome feedback. Surely, if that’s true, something must change.
If you like our content help us with a share… or two …
Also - I have some free stuff for you .......
Nr 1. In This FREE Report you can Discover:
Secrets to acquiring the freshest, hottest leads via YouTube In-Stream ads quickly and easily! Best secret tips for the most effective targeting for your ads! Totally legal, but little-known method for literally stealing traffic from your competitors! Get more traffic to your videos and landing pages without spending a fortune! And much more - all within this special FREE report!
Nr 2. Did you know you can Absolutely EXPLODE YOUR EMAIL LIST FOR FREE with UNTOUCHED offline sources?
Nr 3. The #1 secret to becoming an affiliate superstar - Earn your first $100 online – without a dime to invest.
If you’re still looking to “make it online – I have just the thing for you. It’s a video series that shows how to make your first $100 online – even if you don’t have a dime to invest. Yes – nothing. Free. Nada. Is this possible? You bet. It’s the most powerful system used by those “in the know”. Good things don’t have to be difficult. And they don’t only come to those who wait. Have A Look
Nr 4. Top 10 Email Marketing Mistakes. Which of these mistakes do you make?
Nr 5. You can learn about : The hottest social networking site that will send an unlimited stampede of traffic to your site - for FREE! How to quickly locate a swarm of hungry buyers using "information portals"! The fast and easy way to use simple images to siphon targeted traffic, on command! Learn how to get the most possible traffic from Instagram, and make sure that traffic converts! And much more ...
Nr 6. It’s no secret… Facebook is an incredible place to get tons of free, viral traffic. But… most people are going about it all wrong. How many of these mistakes are you making? Download the free report to find out.
Nr 7. Special free report . It's called "Operation Midas Touch" and you can download it here...
The report features a surefire method for generating at least $1000 per week online,without a website or product of your own!
Nr 8. Instagram is still one of the hottest ways to get a LOT of traffic fast. All by sharing images. Sounds easy enough, yeah? Well, yes and no. If you want to really start driving a lot of traffic and making sales using Instagram then you should download this report.
Nr 9. When it comes to creating a product online there are so many ways to approach it. Wouldn’t it be great to just get the meat of it all so you can get started faster? Well, the good news is, today you can download a guide called the Product Creation Formula Quickstart Guide. It’s as the title suggests - a Quickstart guide. You’ll get a list of action steps to take right away. Download your copy today !
Nr 10. Would you like to finally USE all of that dusty PLR you have sitting around on your harddrive? Or maybe find the resources for the best PLR available - at the best prices? What about how to use that PLR to make you money with just a few minutes of work. Well, you’re not going to want to miss this!
Nr 11. Buzzfeed’s top post has more than 21 million views. Think about that for a sec… ONE of their articles has had over 21 million people who have read it! And they have thousands of articles... what would you do with that kind of traffic? A friend of mine hacked their method and was able to use it to get 11,592 targeted new subscribers in 2 weeks on their very first attempt!
Nr 12. Push notifications are one of today's hottest trends in website traffic and conversions, and for good reason. Studies have shown that as many as 40% of people will opt-in for push notifications, which is about TEN TIMES the rate of people who opt-in for emails! That’s huge! Not only that, but they're also highly effective at pulling clicks, as well. Some studies have shown CTR at an average of around 40%, with highs of as much as 80%! Again, that’s huge!
Nr 13. Would you like to know how to get more money from the exact same number of website visitors you’re currently getting? Even if you’re website is getting as few as 1-2 visitors a day, this report will show you how to increase your profits using these few handy hacks.
Nr 14. People have now realised that it's not the size of the list which matters, it's the quality. ... and the only way to create a quality list is by launching your own products. Let it be $7 ebooks, $17 info products, $27 video training product or software's... all of these work. My good friend Kevin Fahey has is revealing how he's launched over 20 products in the past 4 years, many of them top sellers. Needless to say he's banked a handsome amount in this time.
Nr 15. Do you ever feel that the man you like or even love, just doesn't see you or desire you in way you want him to? Or... maybe you're able to get a man's attention though not the right kind of attention? Or... maybe you're still single because you wait and wait for men to approach you first? What you may not know is that the way we flirt will either attract the "wrong" man for us or the "right" man.
Nr 16. When it comes to getting sales and leads online, there is ONE thing that 95% of marketers use... it's called a LIST. My friend Jimmy just released a free book that explains WHY a list is important and how YOU can build your own list. It's available right here (and it won't cost you a penny)
Nr 17. If you have tried everything, and still aren't able to get your Ex back, then you need to pay attention.
Nr 18. What if I told you that you could make ANY woman WANT to do ANYTHING for you? Would you think I'm crazy? Well... what If I told you that you could also make her LOVE every minute of it and come back for more?
Nr 19. I have a special free plugin for you today. It's called "Covert Hover Mini"
This plugin will triple your blog traffic by compelling your visitors to share your images on social media. This is some really clever stuff and it works like a charm. After you grab your free plugin, don't forget to read the free bonus report as it will show exactly how and why this strategy works like crazy.
Nr 20. The days of being able to get away with a basic WP theme and a pic or two are gone, your site needs to look good. Even Google are looking for you to have engaging graphics on your site. But getting good quality graphics made for your site is a pain, AND it will cost you both time and money (if you outsource it). But I have a special free download for you today. A virtual treasure chest of over 21K profit pulling graphics you can start sing today to generate more traffic & sales!
Nr 21. 20 professional full HD background videos. These background videos are perfect for giving your videos that extra kick they need to stand out from the crowd Oh yeah they are in full 1080p HD too, I hope you'll enjoy them.
Nr 23. No doubt, you've seen all of the video launches lately! There is a reason for it... Video marketing is a GREAT way to make money, and with the recent creation tools making it super accessable for anyone to get started... It's no surprise that more people are making videos. However... there is a missing element to most video marketing products...
Nr 24. For the first time ever... You can get the straight scoop on how someone is selling over $1,000,000/year of t-shirts on Facebook!Use them .... and have fun !