But if it was a private person…
Would Twitter act in the same way?
I would said, No… Twitter would not do anything before many complains, and properly not if the police, or any other government sections had been involved.
For some days ago, Milo Yiannopoulos with 300.000 followers, a notorious right-wing writer and internet troll. Better known as @nero got his account closed and he was banned from Twitter.
That after harassment against Leslie Jones, actress from the new Ghostbuster movie, after many written attacks on against Jones.
It went so far that Leslie Jones ultimately was forced to quit her Twitter to avoid further abuse.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorseyfound reached out to the actress to offer her help a hand and that resulted in Yiannopoulos suspension.
This is not the first time Milo Yiannopoulos have had disputes with Twitter. Back in 2014 he got his “Verified Badge” revoked because of Twitters violating its terms of service.
This time everything was over in 4 months, and he got back his “Verified Badge”. But this time, the rumors say that his account will not be reinstated in any close future.
This race the question… Do we have free speech on Social Media?
I and almost anybody, would answer a big yes on this, why should we not have right to speak and say whatever we want, and lots of people are now using the hashtag #FreeMilo to support him.
But there is another angular we also need to have in mind.
Twitter has post a statement regarding this
People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Over the past 48 hours in particular, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension…
They are right. It can never be right to hide behind the words “Free speech” when it comes to harassment or any other form of bullying.
But that it has taken so long time before Twitter have react on this, can only be explain with one word… BAD.
They are very clear in their policy, but for many years this has not been respected at all, and that’s are their own fault, and we can only hope that they will start to be harder on this.