In January 2020, just in time for the presidential race to swing into high gear as the primary season starts, Twitter will institute new Terms of Service. Again.
The new rules state explicitly that Twitter’s Terms of Service allow for the Big Tech giant to shadowban accounts it disapproves of.
“Our Services evolve constantly. As such, the Services may change from time to time, at our discretion. We may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services or any features within the Services to you or to users generally. We also retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time. We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you.”
Gab, an alternative social media platform similar to Twitter, asked President Trump’s campaign manager “is this situation being monitored?”
President Trump has previously tweeted that he is “monitoring the situation” in regards to Big Tech censorship of conservatives, independents, and Republicans.
Parscale recently tweeted a statement of the Trump campaign’s disapproval of Twitter’s new rule that prevents political advertising.
“There can be no denying that President Trump and his campaign have built the greatest digital operation in all of politics,” read the statement, which mentioned both Google and Twitter, and added “and that Google’s decision will disproportionately impact both the Trump operation and all of the Republican candidates and organizations that derive strength from it. What’s more, given the growing and documented cases of anti-conservative bias in Silicon Valley, we are highly skeptical that such a ban would be applied equally to conservative and liberal organizations.”
However the White House has yet to take action that provides a check against the censorship of conservatives by Big Tech monopolies.
In another recent rule change, Twitter changed their Terms of Service to explicitly allow for pedophile-type content to be allowed on their platform.
The new Terms of Service explicitly states, “Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted.”
The new rule adds gray legalistic language that such pedophile content is allowed “provided they don’t promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way.”
Despite their qualifier, Twitter has stated it will allow for nude depictions of children on their platform as long as it is “artistic.”
“Artistic depictions of nude minors in a non-sexualized context or setting may be permitted in a limited number of scenarios e.g., works by internationally renowned artists that feature minors,” states Twitter’s new rule.
After she was banned from Twitter, Laura Loomer wrote, “Twitter claims to have a terms of service that outlines what behavior is and isn’t appropriate, but it is evident they selectively choose how to enforce their rules”
Laura Loomer is currently suing Twitter and three other Big Tech giants that have censored both her and other conservatives.
The District Court for the District of Columbia had dismissed Loomer’s lawsuit, but on appeal Loomer and the nonprofit group Freedom Watch prevailed over the Big Tech companies, which must now face Loomer at trial.
Andrew Meyer is the author of Don't Tase Me Bro! Real Questions, Fake News, And My Life As A Meme
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