Appearing on Fox & Friends on Saturday, a National Review columnist agreed with the weekend hosts that new rules established by Twitter to curb harassment and abuse could be used to silence conservatives because it is not limited to going after terrorist groups like ISIS.
According to co-host Clayton Morris, Twitter’s rules targeting “abuse or harassment” on the social media platform are vague and lacks any mention of the terrorist group.
“Critics argue there is no mention of the terrorist organization and the wording is so vague that new rules could be applied to anyone,” he stated. “So could the new rules be used to kick conservatives off that platform if they are reported by the left?”
Writer Katherine Timpf said, “Absolutely.”
“This language is so vague that you can really get anybody in trouble that you wanted to,” she explained. “This year the word ‘skinny’ was declared violent ‘Get over it’ is violent. The word ‘freshmen’ promotes rape culture. You can pigeonhole anything under this new policy.”
After quoting Twitter’s new policy, Morris turned once again to ISIS.
“ISIS has 46,000 Twitter accounts that they have received criticism for not taking down — they’ve since done that,” Morris claimed. “But how could someone else be caught up in this net with this vague language?”
“Someone can say ‘Oh, this looks like intimidation’ and they can flag it and then it ends up getting taken down and in the meantime you don’t have an account,” Timpf replied. “So, really, what could it be? They don’t mention ISIS at all. Seems almost like make Twitter a nice happy place-land, which it’s not.”
Co-host Tucker Carlson jumped into say that it appeared to him that the majority of people he has seen “silenced” on Twitter have been conservatives.
Asked if she saw a trend, Timpf added sarcastically, “We know the government would never target conservative groups. Like the I.R.S. would never do anything like that. But of course it can be used that way. We’re not focusing on the real problem.”
“Do you think Twitter executives are applying tougher standards to conservatives than they do to liberals? “Carlson asked.
“I think so,” Timpf replied.
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