Twitter Accused Of Censoring Term 'Illegal Alien' As 'Hate Speech'
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) said that they were censored
A Washington-based non-profit entity which actively promotes immigration reduction to the US has accused Twitter of censoring some of its Tweets as 'hate speech'.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) said that they were denied the opportunity to promote one of their Tweets because of the term 'illegal in' citing it as hateful content.
CIS executive director Mark Krikorian Tweeted that the social networking service had rejected the paid promotion of a tweet after it was inexplicably tagged as "Hateful Content."
Sputnik reports: Later, the think tank put out a series of tweets criticizing the company's decision, and providing multiple examples showing that the phrase "illegal aliens" is a perfectly acceptable term in US legal practice.
In a press release released on Thursday, the CIS said four other tweets, including the phrases "illegal alien," or "criminal alien" and references to law enforcement, had been rejected by the Twitter Ads program recently using the same excuse.
"We've 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 includes, but is not limited to, that which his hate speech or advocacy against a protected group," the company said in a response to an inquiry by the CIS.
Twitter just rejected paid promotion of the tweet below, saying: "This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hateful Content". It's because it contains the phrase "illegal alien", which @TwitterAdsHelp deems unacceptable. https://t.co/1X7aDSLmo5— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) September 11, 2018
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
5/ Code of Federal Regulations: "Illegal alien means any person who is not lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States or who has not been authorized by the Attorney General to accept employment in the United States."https://t.co/XUtTarjR7b— Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) September 11, 2018
In recent months, conservatives in the United States have accused the social media giant of double standards when it comes to its hateful conduct rules.
The news comes a week after Alex Jones and his related accounts, including his flagship Infowars, have been permanently banned from Twitter after he confronted a CNN reporter who was lobbying major Internet companies to have him shut down.
Jones was shut down by the social media giant after confronting hate-filled CNN rat Oliver Darcy about his campaign to have conservative voices silenced.
Video of the confrontation quickly went viral after it was uploaded to Twitter, which CEO Jack Dorsey described as a “digital town hall” before Congress the day before.
In a statement shared on Twitter, the company said it terminated Jones’ accounts for “abusive behavior”