Once again, Twitter has demonstrated its perplexing propensity for inconsistent and/or biased policies regarding its guidance around policing and censoring its users. This time the consequences of their apparent guidance profoundly affected the life of a minor, as detailed in a civil lawsuit brought to Federal Court by the boy and his mother in Northern California on Wednesday.
Despite my repeated written requests @Twitter has refused to disclose what process, if any, they follow in reviewing tweets
Maybe this lawsuit over a horrifying case will finally reveal how they review tweets & why it failed to protect these victimshttps://t.co/BrxM7aNNL2
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 21, 2021
The complaint states the following:
“Twitter is not a passive, inactive, intermediary in the distribution of this harmful material; rather, Twitter has adopted an active role in the dissemination and knowing promotion and distribution of this harmful material. Twitter’s own policies, practices, business model, and technology architecture encourage and profit from the distribution of sexual exploitation material.”
Oddly enough, Twitter managed to remove the accounts of thousands of conservatives in early January, including the one associated with President Trump. A recent undercover Project Veritas video shows Twitter leadership discussing their rationale for “[protecting] the integrity of conversation” on their platform.
The civil lawsuit, Doe v Twitter, filed Jan. 20 against the tech giant alleges that, under the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”), Twitter “failed to report sexual abuse material, promoted the receipt and distribution of child pornography” and, in contravention to state laws, “knowingly hosted sexual exploitation material, including child sex abuse material (referred to in some instances as child pornography),