Twitter Characterizes Criticism of Islam as “Hate Speech”
As it prepares to work with a ‘Trust and Safety Council’ that critics allege will police content, Twitter’s own rules characterize criticism of religion as “hate speech”.
Earlier this week, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced the formation of the council under the Orwellian justification that “freedom of expression….starts with safety.”
Despite claiming the council comprises a “diversity of voices,” it does not include a single organization dedicated to defending free speech.
The Council does include Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian, who gave a speech in front of a UN panel last year during which she characterized criticism of feminism as hate speech, arguing that calling a feminist a “liar” is a form of “harassment”.
However, Twitter’s own rules already state that “advocacy” against protected groups will not be tolerated on the social media platform.
Twitter’s policy on “Hate content, sensitive topics, and violence” includes “advocacy” against someone’s “religion” in the same context as “hate speech,” meaning that legitimate criticism of the religion of Islam could be censored.
The policy is primarily aimed at ad content, but states that the same rules apply to, “tweets, trends and accounts.”