Elon Musk You pledge to allow any speech on Twitter Not violating the law will open the door to a chaos of objectionable and harmful content — from bloody videos to efforts to mislead voters to promoting bogus COVID cures.
why does it matter: Even much smaller social networks aiming to reduce content moderation have found that “anything goes if it’s legal” policy quickly turns into a mess of violence, spam, fraud, and bullying.
playing condition: Current Twitter Rules Placing a wide range of prohibited content types. Some, such as violent threats or child exploitation, are likely to remain prohibited under Musk’s policy.
But a lot of what Twitter is blocking right now Not expressly illegal. Here are some of the types of content that Twitter rules now ban and that can come back under Mask:
- Twitter’s current rules state that “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering with elections or other civic processes. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where and how to engage in a civic process.”
- CEO of MyPillow Mike Lindell lost his Twitter account After repeatedly claiming the victory of former President Trump in the 2020 elections.
False medical information
- Twitter has a profile Policies Against misinformation related to COVID-19. However, medical misinformation is not widely illegal, and limiting moderation to the terms of the law could open up a host of false claims about everything from cancer treatments to the safety of children’s vaccines.
- Twitter permanently Marjorie Taylor Green’s personal account suspended (R-Ga.) in January for repeated violations of its COVID disinformation policies, including its false claim of “extremely high amounts of COVID vaccine deaths.”
Deepfakes and manipulated media
- Twitter’s rules state, “You may not share synthetic or deceptively manipulated media that is likely to cause harm.” “In addition, we may label Tweets that contain synthetic and manipulated media to help people understand their authenticity and provide additional context.” Most US laws do not address this problem yet.
- Twitter says “You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations to mislead, confuse, or deceive others, or use a false identity in a way that disrupts others’ Twitter experience.”
- In some cases, such as pretending to be someone else to commit fraud, this behavior may be illegal, but there are plenty of cases where it does not break the law.
Platform manipulation and spam
- “You may not use Twitter’s services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience on Twitter,” according to the site’s rules.
- Mask has criticized bots and other types of inauthentic behavior, but most cases are not specifically illegal.
Targeted attacks and hateful behavior
- Twitter Obnoxious conduct policy A wide range of behavior is prohibited. Some, such as specific threats of violence, may be illegal, but Twitter’s policy goes further than that.
- Displaying hate group slogans, dehumanizing a group of people based on a wide range of characteristics including race, gender, religion or sexuality, as well as deliberate misinformation of a person are among the practices not allowed on Twitter.
- Conspiracy theory Alex Jones lost his Twitter account in 2018 After what the company said were frequent cases of abusive behaviour.
- Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon I lost my Twitter account in 2021 for calling for the beheading of FBI Director Christopher Ray and Anthony Fauci.
Graphic violence and adult content
- Twitter does not currently allow “excessively bloody” media or depicting sexual violence. This means that there are a lot of videos that contain images that are currently prohibited and that are not expressly illegal.
- “You may not post or share someone’s intimate photos or videos that were produced or distributed without their consent.” Some states have laws banning videos such as “revenge porn”.
Suicide or self-harm
- The Twitter rules state that “You may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.” While harassing someone to pressure them to self-harm can be illegal, widespread glorification or encouragement of suicide is not. The same goes for glorifying anorexia and other eating disorders.
perpetrators of violent attacks
- Twitter, like Facebook and others, often remove the accounts of individuals who commit mass murder or other terrorist attacks, as well as “data or other content produced by the perpetrators”. This policy goes beyond what is required by law.
be clever: Laws differ from country to country. Pro-Nazi content, for example, is legal in the United States but illegal in Germany.
- The European Union has Already warned It expects Musk-run Twitter to follow its rules.
The Big Picture: Content often removed from Twitter includes graphic violence, hateful behavior, abuse, harassment or the promotion of suicide and self-harm, according to Karin Kornbluh, director of the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund.
- According to Twitter’s own reports, the company removed 5.2 million pieces of content during the first half of 2021 for violating rules in those four categories.
- “There is a real risk that if Twitter changes its policy to remove only content that breaks the law, we will see more extremism at home and censorship abroad,” Kornbluh said.