Twitter and Free Speech

The platform twitter, started in 2006, has become one of the main media for correspondence whether that be famous people to their fans or everyday people and their friends. The platform allows users the communicate with anyone on the site and while it has been used to create communities with active members and creativity, it is also used for abuse and bullying.

The platform doesn’t condone censorship of its users; they will only take action when the law requires. But that may be a tad too late in situations like the one where Leslie Jones was bullied and harassed by conservative Brietbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos, who is known for provoking people on Twitter constantly, went after the actress for her role in the newest Ghostbusters film. It started with a review of the movie that then quickly spiraled into hateful comments on the actress herself based on her gender and race.

The company took matters into their own hands by permanently suspending Yiannopoulos after Jones had left the platform herself. This whole situation calls into question the stance twitter needs to take on users abusing its policies and how to keeps that from effecting these user’s rights to free speech.

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