In the latest attempt to crack down on hate (read: free) speech, Twitter mistakenly suspended the New York Times’ international account for roughly 24 hours this weekend on grounds of “hateful conduct”. While the New York Times has on occasion indeed published close-minded and hateful articles, this was not one of them, as the account was blocked after tweeting an article about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to indigenous people in the province of Newfoundland.
Left out of an apology a decade ago, native people in Newfoundland and Labrador get an apology from Justin Trudeau https://t.co/BRRIUNCVMw
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) November 25, 2017
The Social Media giant later reinstated the account and issued a statement apologizing for the mistake: “After reviewing the account, it appears that one of our agents made an error. We have flagged this issue so that similar mistakes are not made going forward.”
This is not the first time Twitter has wrongly suspended an account. Recently a rogue employee blocked President Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes.
While Twitter is – at least not officially – suppressing conservative viewpoints, the recent incidents do raise serious questions about the integrity and sanity of its employees. You may in fact never know if an account was suspended for legitimate reasons or simply because a low-wage SJW was triggered for a myriad of reasons. While the New York Times can contest a suspension, many small time users do not have the auctoritas, and thus may not be in a position to have their accounts restored, allowing Twitter employees essentially to decide by themselves what is allowed and what is not.
What could possibly go wrong?
Author: Sander Laanemaa
Sander Laanemaa was born in Estonia in 1984. In 2011 he graduated from the Estonian Maritime Academy as a deck officer. During his studies he took an interest in history, philosophy, psychology, and the occult. His research guided him deep into the rabbit hole, which ultimately led to the creation of Culture Wars.
Sander is fluent in English, Swedish, Finnish, and Estonian.
He has given a number of lectures on various topics on maritime affairs, and also on ancient history and the faults of contemporary social movements.