Twitter on an alt-right banning spree

Essential Q: Is Twitter violating free speech by banning alt-right members?
Twitter, a worldwide social network, connecting, and sharing messages and words with people globally, is also controversial in the sense that as members are exercising their first amendment rights by tweeting whatever they want.
According to an article by the Washington Post, one cannot actually say whatever they want on twitter, thus showing that freedom of speech is not a viable excuse for tweeting out anything. Since the election of our new president, the level of discriminatory and hate speech has risen higher than it has been in a while. Many different alt-right and white supremacy groups are making their voices heard over many different platforms, especially twitter. Many believe what these groups are preaching is just them exercising their rights, but is is really? Twitter definitely doesn’t think so. They have banned numerous accounts associated with the alt-right movement, including the leader, Richard Spencer.
Spencer, doesn’t believe he did anything wrong. He believed that he is being treated unfairly and twitter is violating his rights. While his account has been banned Other like Trump are continually preaching similar rhetoric and not being banned. Not yet at least. As for twitter violating some users free speech, they may be going overboard in some cases,but in the case of banning members of the alt-right, they just might be doing right thing. This power that twitter has also may be bad for them in the long run,for people might feel that the have no rights on twitter, and no longer use it.

Pierson, David, and Paresh Dave. “Twitter’s Alt-right Banning Spree.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

Ohlheiser, Abby. “Banned from Twitter? This Site Promises You Can Say Whatever You Want.” The Washington Post. WP Company, 29 Nov. 2016. Web. 28 Feb. 2017.

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One thought on “Twitter on an alt-right banning spree”

  1. I know twitter has the right to delete your account if they have prior reasoning to do so, but I believe they need to be fair. For example, They are banning all these alt-right members, but not the President(Trump). Trump has posted multiple times on social media that should result in the banning of his account on twitter if they are trying to keep it fair, yet they still don’t do anything about him. Everyone who is getting worked up over these postings on social media needs to realize that they choose to read said articles/ postings. I personally believe if you don’t like it, don’t read it. You choose to follow these people on twitter, and you choose to read each post, so the solution is simple. You just unfollow or don’t continue reading it. It is as much their right to post things and express their feelings, views, and opinions as it is ours to read it.

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