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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 12:51 pm 
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Judge Rules White Supremacist Can Sue Twitter for Banning Him

A California judge decided Thursday not to throw out a lawsuit filed against Twitter that accused the company of violating the free speech rights of white supremacist Jared Taylor when Twitter banned him from the platform late last year.

The Associated Press reported San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn narrowed the scope of the lawsuit filed by Taylor but denied Twitter’s request to dismiss the suit completely. Judge Kahn described the case as a “classic public interest lawsuit” that “goes to the heart of free speech principles that long precede our constitution.” ... 1826881913

PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:06 pm 
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Interesting case. It could go either way. Twitter undoubtedly bans "hate speech," though I've never checked to see just how they define that. In practice, the rules are vague and very unevenly applied. They've been gamed by groups of users and/or bots to get quite a few from the resistance shadowbanned. Twitter says they never shadowban anybody, but they do, or at least their code does.

Where I see some legal wiggle room is regarding these various algorithms that determine whose accounts get put on shit lists or deleted altogether. As with other "antisocial networking" platforms, these enforcement mechanisms are closely kept secrets, and they are also not very good. Twitter has a poor record here. It appears that they're doing selective enforcement, and not even a good job of that. Human intervention seems to be kept as minimal as possible.

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