In a blog post on Tuesday Twitter notified users they had once again updated their Terms of Service. However, mixed in amongst data sharing control information, this update included they would now suspend or terminate accounts for “any or no reason.”
“We may suspend or terminate your account or cease providing you with all or part of the Services at any time for any or no reason, including, but not limited to, if we reasonably believe:
(i) you have violated these Terms or the Twitter Rules and Policies or Periscope Community Guidelines, (ii) you create risk or possible legal exposure for us; (iii) your account should be removed due to unlawful conduct, (iv) your account should be removed due to prolonged inactivity; or (v) our provision of the Services to you is no longer commercially viable. We will make reasonable efforts to notify you by the email address associated with your account or the next time you attempt to access your account, depending on the circumstances. In all such cases, the Terms shall terminate, including, without limitation, your license to use the Services, except that the following sections shall continue to apply: II, III, V, and VI.
Just last month, Twitter users noticed a separate update that notified them of newly implemented data sharing practices on the platform that no longer gave the user the ability to control some of their personal data being shared with some mobile app advertising measurements. This update gave the user the ability to share even more of their personal information in a setting that would share non-public data with other third-party businesses. It can be found in user settings under “Share your data with Twitter’s business partners”.
Is this the beginning of a MASS BANNING of conservative accounts by Twitter and other social media platforms? Twitter has been known not only to censor or ban your average everyday conservative but has also started to censor President Trump’s content as well.
Way back in November of 2017, a disgruntled Twitter employee and Turkish national, Bahtiyar Duysak, who on his last day on the job as a customer service representative decided he would go out with a bang, deleting President Trump’s Twitter account entirely. Duysak said a report came in to him about one of President Trump’s tweets violating Twitter’s terms of service, so he decided he would just delete the president’s account. He then closed his computer and left the building.
Laura Loomer warned of this level of censorship when she confronted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in a Congressional Hearing in 2018. While Dorsey was testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Loomer stood up and called Dorsey a liar for stating there was no bias when deciding who would get the boot on the platform. She also pointed out how Twitter has time and again censored and even banned conservatives for flimsy and ridiculous reasons, which in some cases those who are banned are never given the specific reason. Loomer pleaded with President Trump to help stop the censorship on social media and suggested it should be considered election meddling.
“Please help us Mr. President before it is too late because Jack Dorsey is trying to influence the election – to sway the election so the Democrats can steal the election. That is why he is censoring and shadowbanning conservatives. You are a liar.” [speaking to Jack Dorsey]
Loomer spoke with conservative journalist and author Michelle Malkin Tuesday about Twitter censoring President Trump’s tweet on Saturday that called out Big Tech for their gestapo-style censoring. Trump’s tweet highlighted a speech by Malkin where she discussed Big Tech censorship and Twitter’s squashing of conservative voices on their platform.
“Twitter just announced new Terms of Service changes that allow more data-mining/sharing. In March, it expanded the definition of “harm” to squash pandemic disssent. On #MalkinLive yesterday, #lauraloomer discussed how Twitter rigs the rules to undermine conservatives,” Malkin tweeted on Wednesday.
Twitter’s latest update will become effective: June 18, 2020.