UH-OH: Look What Twitter Is Now Doing To Crack Down On Free Speech
Twitter is temporarily "limiting" account access for anything they see fit.
From Heat Street:
Twitter has launched a new way to punish users for bad behavior, temporarily “limiting” their account.
Some users are receiving notices their accounts are limited for 12 hours, meaning only people who follow them can see their tweets or receive notifications. When they are retweeted, people outside their network can’t see those retweets.
Some speculate these limitations are automatic based on keywords, but there is no hard evidence.
This would be fine if this was used uniformly to clamp down on harassment, but it appears to be used on people, simply for using politically incorrect language.
Take for example the Twitter user @Drybones5 who got his account limited after using the word “retarded.”
In this case the n-word was used in reference to a statement Chris Cuomo made. It seems that using the n-word in reference to a quote could cause an account to get limited.
Twitter appears to be using this feature to police problematic language that is not necessarily targeted harassment. So much for being the “free speech wing of the free speech party.”
Read more: (Link: heatst.com)