December 28, 2017

Top Twitter Executive Says It's 'No Longer Possible to Stand Up for All Speech'

Rebel Staff

One of the main places that conservative free speech is being infringed upon is on social media.

Business Insider reported that a top Twitter executive said on Tuesday that it was “no longer possible to stand up for all speech,” just five years after a different executive described the company as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.”

These comments were made by Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's vice president for public policy and communications in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Here's the full excerpt of what she had to say:

"I look back over last 5 1/2 years, and the answers I would have given to some of these questions five years ago were very different. Twitter was in a place where it believed the most effective antidote to bad speech was good speech. It was very much a John Stuart Mill-style philosophy. We've realized the world we live in has changed. 

We've had to go on a journey with it, and we've realized it's no longer possible to stand up for all speech in the hopes society will become a better place because racism will be challenged, or homophobia challenged, or extremism will be challenged. And we do have to take steps to limit the visibility of hateful symbols, to ban people from the platform who affiliate with violent groups — that's the journey we're on."

If anyone had any doubts that conservative voices are being silenced on social media, you certainly don't now!

The problem with policing "bad speech" is that different people define different types of speech as "bad." In the case of social media, the people at Twitter who will be deciding what speech should be banned as "bad speech" are often left-leaning and are offended by conservative ideologies. This means that various conservative statements often end up getting lumped in with "racist hate speech" and get banned along with it. 

Those who run various social media platforms should not be policing speech and deciding what is good and what is bad. As humans, we should all have the right to say whatever we please, so long as we are not threatening another person's wellbeing.

By the same token, people should have the opportunity to read all different opinions about issues on social media so that they can come to their own conclusions about them.  

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commented 2018-01-21 16:05:23 -0500
Hey Peter – perfect and exact translation
commented 2018-01-09 17:21:36 -0500
You should all get together and make your own version of Twitter to compete and you can make your own rules and terms of service too.
commented 2018-01-04 07:53:02 -0500
" … we’ve realized it’s no longer possible to stand up for all speech in the hopes society will become a better place because racism will be challenged, or homophobia challenged, or extremism will be challenged."

The true meaning of the following phrases;
“racism will be challenged”
Translation;
a) criticism of Islam will not be tolerated
b) any support for the white race will not be tolerated

“homophobia challenged"
Translation;
any speech not full support of open and free-reign sexual perversion will not be tolerated

“extremism "
Translation;
any speech we disagree with (This one is the catch-all that does not fit into the first two)
commented 2018-01-01 03:27:30 -0500
What “Twitter” may want to reconsider is that digital communications “means” are as a dime is a dozen and can be re-formulated overnight… Your apparent monopoly on communications is wishful thinking at best…
commented 2017-12-30 02:09:19 -0500
For non-Russian speakers… That was the standing joke of the Soviet years… Izvestia means “news” and Pravda means “truth”… As the Soviet hordes used to intone :- “There is no Izvestia in Pravda and no Pravda in Izvestia”…
commented 2017-12-30 02:04:46 -0500
Say Twitter, if “it’s no longer possible to stand up for all speech” then I would suggest you get out of pretending you are in the communications business and get a job at Izvestia or Pravda?… Because you are becoming their today’s equivalent?…
commented 2017-12-29 09:24:51 -0500
I don’t think dropping twitter will help, it only does their dirty work for them. Better to start labeling them “communist twitter”, “Lefty echo chamber” (or something), file petitions and legal action where possible. That she’s a student of John Stuart Mill makes it even worse.

Somebody should ask what harm is done with conservative views? And if she wants to be a communist, why she doesn’t just move to a communist country? What it feels like to support the violent stupid half of society, rather than the thoughtful peaceful side? And how creating an echo chamber will make society better?
commented 2017-12-28 22:28:33 -0500
Hey Twitter and Fecesbook, you do not control speech , what makes you think you can? You cannot control what people say except on your shitty sites.
commented 2017-12-28 16:56:36 -0500
“…it’s no longer possible to stand up for all speech in the hopes society will become a better place…”

That is all they need to say. In other words there is now a thought police who will decide willy nilly what is and is not acceptable speech. As far as I can tell, far from being non partisan or well defined, it seems to depend on the race, gender, religion and or political leaning of the person using his or her free speech as well as that of the offended. Identity politics at its worst. Who’s the bloody bigot, racist etc. etc……?
All these people and social media outfits who cave into this rot are enabling global authoritarian control. They are cowards and or evil .
commented 2017-12-28 15:38:02 -0500
Two words: Drop Twitter. Don’t contribute to their prosperity. Don’t feed them. Don’t support the enemy and make him stronger. Again, DROP TWITTER.
commented 2017-12-28 14:36:35 -0500
Whether thoughts are banned by Twitter or not, those of a like mind will find a way to communicate. Banning conservative content and authors doesn’t say much for Twitter and its executive. What Sinead McSweeney said I find offensive; will her account now be suspended?

Twitter is not doing well. There are serious questions whether it will still be around in two years, I wish it the success it surely deserves.
commented 2017-12-28 12:36:29 -0500
Wonder why Gab is doing so well…go figure?
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