On Tuesday, a well-known Palestinian-American journalist suddenly reported a live broadcast of the protests near Jerusalem. He was suddenly mysteriously silenced on Twitter, and every tweet was replaced with a message “@MariamBarghouti’s account is temporarily unavailable Because it violates Twitter media policy”.
The company quickly admitted that this was a mistake, and her tweets were quickly restored. But it turns out that part of the incident was not wrong. Although Twitter may have taken the wrong measures to this person’s account, in fact, in certain circumstances, Twitter reserves the right to make your tweets disappear. And-if you ask me-super fool.
ive been on twitter what feels like my entire life and ive never seen before what they’re doing to this palestinian journalist’s account pic.twitter.com/z6bSmLCvNn
— Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston) May 11, 2021
Twitter pointed me to this page and this particular image as a policy example, and it seems that it dates back to October 2017: Here, the policy of “require media or profile editing” is as follows: “If the account’s profile or media content does not comply with our policies, we may temporarily make it unavailable and require the offender to edit the media or media in his profile information to comply with our rules.
We will also explain what policies their profile or media content violates.” Or, in plain English, if you post a profile picture, header picture, or other picture that does not meet Twitter’s standards, Twitter will not only review the picture but may also review your entire account until you fix it.
Why does Twitter need to inform people about the bad image of each tweet from every tweet of the author, instead of just ignoring the image and possibly providing an explanation? In the past few years, we have seen many, many instances of Twitter choosing to place warning labels near offensive and destructive content.
These labels still make it easy for people to view these tweets. When I asked this question, a Twitter spokesperson would only say that the policy was designed to “make people better understand the actions Twitter is taking.” The company declined to disclose more information.