Of the “big” social media platforms, Twitter has always been the most aggressive about banning conservative opinions and thought. Some may recall them using Gamergate as a sort of a training ground for the tactics they eventually started to use on conservatives, using vague and unproven charges of harassment as an excuse to ban people with political opinions they disliked.
Ever since the election of Trump, which already saw regular suppression of pro-Trump hashtags and banning of many pro-Trump accounts, the social justice warriors have been engaged in a big push to simply force anyone who doesn’t agree with them off social media.
Twitter has enthusiastically embraced this goal, and is planning a huge purge of “alt-right” accounts:
Early Friday, Twitter announced changes to its policies on violent and hateful speech, some of them dramatic. Users will no longer be able to use “hateful images or symbols” in profile images or headers. And, in a step with few recent parallels, Twitter says users “may not affiliate with organizations that – whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform – use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”
The ban on violent affiliations, even when violent views aren’t promoted on Twitter itself, raises a number of questions about enforcement. Among those is whether or to what extent Twitter staff will monitor questionable groups’ behavior outside of the platform; whether only formally organized groups will be impacted; and where the line will be drawn between ‘official’ group stances and activity by group members.
Given the constantly-evolving way Twitter has enforced its existing rules, answers to those questions are only likely to be clear well after the new policies go into effect on December 18 — if ever.
Given the very broad definition of “violence” the left employs, you can expect “violent organizations” to eventually include anyone who is a registered Republican or is otherwise known to have voted for Republican candidates.
The concept of tracking and monitoring average people who post on Twitter and penalizing them for “offline” behavior is also a hugely invasive and disturbing act that is a grotesque violation of its users privacy. Previously, companies mostly collected this data for the purposes of advertising to them. Twitter stalking its users and punishing them for political behavior they dislike is opening a whole new can of worms with regards to data collection.
There is a reason I post anonymously and have never and will never sign up for an account with either Twitter or Facebook.
The more accounts Twitter bans, the more the platform is going to shrink at a time when it is losing money. You can count Twitter among SJW companies such as the NFL and ESPN that would rather blow themselves up than displease their leftist peers.