Folk i Norge er kanskje ikke klar over hvor polarisert USA er. Vi får en oppfatning av at det bare er høyresiden, men venstresiden har svart på Trumps seier med brunbeising. Man tar det mest ytterliggående og smører det ut over alle andre man vil ramme. Samtidig påstår man at man står for dialog. Tech-gigantene blir nå medspillere i polariseringen. De velger side. Dette vil få store konsekvenser for ytringsfriheten. Foto: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Scanpix
Twitter begynte mandag å følge de nye retningslinjene som sier at deres kontoer ikke skal brukes til å spre negative budskap. Forbudet rammer i første rekke ytre høyre. Men hvor går grensen?
Hvordan skal Twitter kunne vurdere dette når Twitter sier rett ut at ytringsfriheten ikke lenger er hellig:
A Twitter executive said Tuesday that it is “no longer possible to stand up for all speech,” just five years after a different executive described the company as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.”
Speaking before British politicians, Sinead McSweeney, Twitter’s European vice president for public policy and communications, purposefully acknowledged and addressed the change in tune.
“I look back over the last five-and-a-half years, and the answers I would have given to some of these questions five years ago were very different,” McSweeney said, according to Business Insider. “Twitter was in a place where it believed the most effective antidote to bad speech was good speech. It was very much a John Stuart Mill-style philosophy. We’ve realised the world we live in has changed.”
Det var helt andre toner i 2012:
Tony Wang, then-general manager of Twitter’s operations in the U.K., expressed quite a different attitude in 2012 while explaining the company.“Generally, we remain neutral as to the content because our general council [sic] and CEO like to say that we are the free speech wing of the free speech party,” he said.
Twitter announced Monday that it is getting even more strict with “hateful conduct and abusive behavior” on the platform by restructuring its policies to encompass more content.
“Specific threats of violence or wishing for serious physical harm, death, or disease to an individual or group of people,” for example, is and has been a violation of Twitter policies, but “new changes include more types of related content,” like “content that glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act.” Additionally, accounts that are, in Twitter’s eyes, affiliated with organizations that use or promote violence are included in the crackdown.
Twitter begynte rensingen mandag:
Twitter began a massive purge of users on Monday the company claims violate its new terms of service.
As predicted, nearly every account that was banned by Twitter was affiliated with the alt-right or far right.
White nationalist Jared Taylor, his group American Renaissance, and Britain First leader Jayda Fransen, the woman who posted the “Islamophobic” videos famously retweeted by President Trump, were some of the entities that received the boot from Twitter.
The standard by which Twitter decided which users were no longer welcome seemed remarkably arbitrary, as noted by a few observers like right-wing watcher Will Sommer.
Men Twitter stiller seg laglig til for hugg: Sjefen for Federal Communication Commission, FCC, heter Ajit Pai. Han fronter vedtaket om å oppheve nettnøytralitet for leverandørene.
Pai er utsatt for et formidabelt regn av hatespeech og rasisme, og det kommer fra venstresiden.
But that seems to only be a problem Twitter cares about if it comes from the Right, as the example of Federal Communications chairman Ajit Pai proves.
Hundreds of left-wing users have recently taken to issuing death threats and other promises of violence to Pai over his decision to scrap net neutrality regulations.
Pai, an Indian-American, told The Daily Caller last week that he was shocked at the amount of racism he received on social media for his decision.
Leserne av Document er klar over at det finnes mye aggresjon på venstresiden. Hvis de blir fyrt opp, er de like usaklige og drittslengende som folk på høyresiden.
Men dét vil ikke Twitter se, de ser bare på høyre øye, og der klarer de ikke skille klinten fra hveten.
Dailycaller.com gir noen eksempler på hetsen mot Pai:
— USSR (@GlassPottato) December 16, 2017
@AjitPaiFCC I will kill you Ajit Pai you fucking nigger
— JK (@josdkoger) December 18, 2017
— Rydro (@RydroOfficial) November 27, 2017
Disse kontoene skulle vært tatt ned hvis Twitter var konsekvent. Men det er de ikke blitt. De er fortsatt aktive.
Twitter har dermed et problem, også overfor myndighetene. Twitter kunne forsvare nettnøytralitet med at de sto for ytringsfrihet. Men nå har de selv forlatt prinsippet. Dermed kan tilsynet for internett si at argumentet ikke lenger holder for å begrunne nettnøytralitet.
Det er et poeng Pai bruker:
Pai’s children have been threatened, his home address has been doxxed and tons of people are wanting to kill him because of the false notion he destroyed internet freedom. But Twitter does nothing to stop this dangerous rhetoric from continuing.
Maybe it has something to do with Pai calling Twitter out for its censorious policies. In speeches refuting accusations that net neutrality ensures free speech survives on the internet, the FCC chair made a point to highlight how Twitter, a big supporter of net neutrality, censors views on the Right and undermines its own claims of supporting free speech.