Thursday February 16, 2017

Twitter Is Cracking down on Politically Incorrect Language

If you’re thinking about calling someone a retard on Twitter, think again, as the company is reportedly suspending accounts based on foul language. One guy ( rightfully? ) called Nintendo "retarded" for selling Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC and lost usage of his account, while another lost the same privilege after using the word "fag" although he was merely smoking. Maybe Twitter will start banning users for run-on sentences and incomplete clauses next. Thanks to Kyle for pointing this out.

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Twitter has launched a new way to punish users for bad behavior, temporarily "limiting" their account. Some users are receiving notices their accounts are limited for 12 hours, meaning only people who follow them can see their tweets or receive notifications. When they are retweeted, people outside their network can’t see those retweets. Some speculate these limitations are automatic based on keywords, but there is no hard evidence. This would be fine if this was used uniformly to clamp down on harassment, but it appears to be used on people, simply for using politically incorrect language.