Twitter's goofy rules that say that stopping violence is 'abusive'
John Daniel Davidson:
It seems clear now that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is going to ban President Donald Trump. It’s just a matter of when.These and other actions by the leftist at Twitter appear to be arbitrary and capricious. It is what you get when liberals are in charge of censoring conservative speech. It is one of the reasons why many conservatives now use Paler instead of Twitter.
Dorsey will come up with a pretext, however absurd or cynical, as part of Twitter’s ongoing efforts to interfere in the 2020 election. It will probably consist of a charge that Trump has had one too many violations of some entirely subjective and impossible-to-define Twitter policy on abusive or harmful speech.
We got another preview of what that might look like this week when Twitter once again appended a warning label to a Trump tweet that apparently violated Twitter’s policy against “abusive behavior.” What did Trump say that was abusive? He said there would never be an “autonomous zone” in the nation’s capital, and that any mob trying to take over D.C. streets would be met with “serious force.”
In other words, the president promised to enforce the law. That was considered “abusive” by Twitter.
The irony is that the president’s tweet was in reference to a group of people who were actually engaged in abusive behavior. Trump sent the tweet after a mob vandalized St. John’s Episcopal Church and tried to pull down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square Monday night. Twitter justified the warning label by citing its policy against abusive behavior, which prohibits “the targeted harassment of someone” or inciting other people to harass someone.
How, exactly, the tweet in question could be considered harassment, or incitement to harassment, the company didn’t say. And of course it didn’t because the policy is nothing more than subjective gibberish meant to provide a pretext for censoring whatever Trump might say that Jack Dorsey doesn’t like.
Last month, when Twitter unveiled this policy, a Trump tweet was flagging for “glorifying violence.” What did Trump say that glorified violence? That if Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey couldn’t get mass riots under control, he would “send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”
Again, the president was promising to enforce the law in the face of local officials who would not. It takes a willful suspension of reason and common sense to understand these tweets as either abusive or glorifying violence.