Skip to comments.Ted Cruz, Twitter spar over immigration tweets from right-wing think tank
Posted on 09/13/2018 12:18:36 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attacked Twitter on Thursday after the company mistakenly barred some tweets from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a think tank that favors restrictions on immigration.
Does Twitter now ban the plain text of federal law? Cruz asked on Twitter, in reference to CISs claim that several of its tweets were not allowed to be promoted on the platform for using the term illegal alien.
The think tank, which has been labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty and Law Center, said that after several of its tweets were denied paid promotion status, it assumed the tweets' inclusion of the phrase illegal alien helped drive Twitter's decision.
CIS representatives told The Hill that they reached out to Twitter to ask why the organization's tweets were initially denied promotion status and said they received a boilerplate answer, which said the speech was hate content, without further explanation.
Spokespeople for CIS said their guess was based on their lack of a full explanation from Twitter.
Because they dont tell us how they filter, the best thing we can do is guess, one CIS spokesperson said.
CIS expressed outrage with Twitter on its platform in a tweetstorm on Wednesday, noting that federal law and the Supreme Court have used the phrase "illegal aliens."
Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase 'illegal alien(s)', citing it as Hateful Content. However, the phrase 'illegal aliens' has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court, it wrote.
Twitter, however, contended that CIS's assumption was wrong.
Twitter explained that the company has no policies in its organic or paid promotion barring the use of the term illegal alien, and that its action on the CIS tweets was based on their general content.
The platform also acknowledged that denying paid promotion status to CISs tweets was a mistake that has since been reversed. Twitter said CIS can now promote the tweets in question.
Still, CIS representatives told The Hill on Thursday that they believe Twitter denied the organization's ability to promote its tweets based on the language used in the tweets in question.
A number of conservatives share CIS's views, which favor stricter immigration laws.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested on Thursday that Twitters move is a part of alleged anti-conservative bias in tech companies. President Trump and his GOP base have hammered Twitter, Facebook and Google for alleged political bias against Republicans on their platforms.
Google and other tech companies have denied that their algorithms and practices discriminate against conservative speech, though many Republicans remain unconvinced.
This was no mistake. Twitter, like Google and Facebook are following a coordinated plan of action to eliminate and censor any and all conservative posts.
I’ve never understood why Silicon Valley is so far-left-leaning. These guys are computer nerds, basically engineers with specialized coding skills. Engineers are usually apolitical. What happened?
“Ive never understood why Silicon Valley is so far-left-leaning.”
Too many people running things and working there who are in the U.S. from socialist/communist/totalitarian countries and still have that mindset.
“Mistakenly. Yeah, that’s the ticket...”
“... labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty and Law Center ...”
A badge of honor if there ever was one.
Cruz cut his own throat.
Whst do you mean ?
Ted Derangement Syndrome?
Rush talked about Twitter shutting down any poster daring to use the term illegal alien.
Most of these people are from academia which has had years of leftist indoctrination.
I just tweeted this message:
I just heard that Twitter is shutting down any poster daring to use the term illegal alien.
Have at it twit-wads.
If one in 10,000 engineers was a liberal, that is the one GOOLE would hire.
“If one in 10,000 engineers was a liberal, that is the one GOOLE would hire.”
Google doesn’t have to actively seek out liberal engineers. Unnecessary. Academia itself is liberal and has been for years. Learning institutions themselves have been corrupted.
Twitter blocks posts that use phrase illegal alien as hateful content
September 12, 2018
By Victor Skinner
The federal government, U.S. Supreme Court, and lawyers across the country use the word illegal alien to describe immigrants who illegally enter the country, because thats the definition in the law.
But Twitter makes its own laws, and the social media giant is now blocking folks from promoting any messages with the phrase, which its moderators apparently consider hate speech.
1/ Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase illegal alien(s), citing it as Hateful Content. However, the phrase illegal aliens has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.
Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) September 11, 2018
1/ Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase illegal alien(s), citing it as Hateful Content, the Center for Immigration Studies posted to Twitter Tuesday. However, illegal aliens has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.
Twitter rejected a total of four ads from the Center but provided only vague reasoning for the decision.
Weve reviewed your tweets and confirmed that it is ineligible to participate in the Twitter Ads program at this time based on our Hateful Content policy. Violating content include, but is not limited to, that which is hate speech or advocacy against a protected group, according to a notice posted on the CIS website.
So far - Twitter has not blocked or deleted my account. And I don’t even care if they do.
And of those following me - I only know one of them. lol
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