Twitter CEO Promises “More Aggressive” Rules
I love Twitter, and I’m not entirely sure why. I definitely spend more time on Instagram, Facebook, and even Snapchat than I do on Twitter. Sometimes, there are just things I want to yell out to the world, and Twitter is the perfect platform for that. I once heard Twitter described as all the noise on the Internet, amplified. I’d say that description is spot on.
Because Twitter is essentially a platform for making statements, it can be a very dark place. Hate and violence are everywhere. Every statement becomes an argument. Twitter has been battling their abuse problem for several years now, and last week CEO Jack Dorsey promised “a ‘more aggressive’ stance in its rules and how it enforces them.”
But what about the freedom of speech?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
To summarize, the Government can’t punish you for spewing hate all over Twitter, but that doesn’t mean your hate speech is consequence-free. In several states, employers can fire you over what you publically say online. The rest of the world is free to criticize your statements, shame you, and mock you, just to name a few things. The freedom of speech doesn’t give you the right to fill the internet with hate and abuse without suffering any consequences. Maybe nothing will come from your Twitter rants, but you could find yourself banned from Twitter and maybe without a job. Think before you tweet!
Sarah recently relocated to Grand Rapids from metro Detroit, by way of Southern Indiana. She stumbled into a career in marketing accidentally with a focus on the outdoor industry and hunting. She has never been hunting, and her worst memories as a kid are of attempted camping trips. Her hobbies and interests include binge-watching sitcoms, teaching herself WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. She is obsessed with understanding BitCoin, even though she knows she never will.