Twitter Policing Content, Threatens Free Speech

Sure, they'll go after ISIS propaganda, but conservatives will fair no better.

It was announced on Tuesday that Twitter has launched an online task force with the sole purpose of finding offensive posts and shutting down those accounts.

As the Washington Examiner reports, the new "Trust and Safety Council" is a conglomeration of over 40 organizations from 13 regions around the world. The council includes groups such as the Feminist Frequency, the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Together, these groups will hunt down offensive messages, violent speech, or any perceived hateful remarks.

A statement released by Twitter said:

With hundreds of millions of tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power.

It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression.

In developing the Council, we are taking a global and inclusive approach so that we can hear a diversity of voices. As we develop products, policies, and programs, our Trust and Safety Council will help us tap into the expertise and input of organizations at the intersection of these issues more efficiently and quickly.

Certainly the move is aimed to help combat propaganda disseminated on Twitter by Islamic terror groups like ISIS. As the Examiner reports, 125,000 ISIS-associated accounts have been "silently removed" since mid-2015. Twitter has also amended its terms of service, making it clear that it will not put up with abusive language.

However, in its efforts to secure the "safety of digital citizenship" and ensure "greater compassion and empathy" online, the Twitter police will undoubtedly stumble into censoring free speech made by conservatives or Christians who are simply expressing their beliefs.

Twitter joins Facebook in combating "extremist speech" and cracking down on xenophobia on social media.