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Careful With Those Anti-Corruption Tweets: Twitter Launches Orwellian ‘Council’ to Curb Dissent


Twitter announced it will be joining in the pro-censorship campaigns currently sweeping social media under the familiar guise defenders of liberty and free speech love to hate: terrorism.

Twitter’s version of the Thought Police, however, sounds somehow even more Orwellian than the original: The Trust & Safety Council — which will, unsurprisingly, “work to develop policies censoring speech on the site,” as the Washington Examiner described.

“To ensure people can continue to express themselves freely and safely on Twitter, we must provide more tools and policies,” the social media’s statement paradoxically begins. “With hundreds of millions of Tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power.”

President Obama has called on social media sites to join the fight against terrorism, which essentially translates into a censorship push. And as with any push for censorship, though the premise might be rooted in laudable intent, the reality almost always ends in a clamp down on those who choose to voice less popular opinions — and, if allowed to continue without careful oversight, eventually ensnares almost all dissenting views.

Worse still, the practice of employing the community-at-large as its own watchdog creates a pervasive atmosphere in which individuals self-censor — one of the more insidious ways free speech can be curbed.

While Twitter’s explanation of the Trust & Safety Council appears warm and all-inclusive, its language presents evidence of a seriously slippery slope, stating certain groups maintain an “acute to need prevent abuse, harassment, and bullying” among other issues.

One of the Council’s inaugural members is the Dangerous Speech Project — whose website arguably sounds more frightening to free speech advocates than the subject matter it purports to do battle with.

“Inflammatory public speech rises steadily before outbreaks of mass violence, suggesting that it is a precursor of, or even a prerequisite for violence,” states the uncited and unverifiable homepage. “In many cases, a few influential figures turn their own people against another group, using speech that has a special capacity to inspire violence: Dangerous Speech.” Further, it states, “Violence may be prevented by diminishing such speech …”

Though Twitter certainly has every right to dictate its own policy for speech or anything else it deems necessary, this group Thought Police Council is nonetheless indicative of the disturbing trend toward making censorship acceptable in myriad forms. It’s not as if a single group or person has infallible judgment for determining what is worthy of being removed from a public platform, after all.

Two pertinent quotes from Orwell, himself, come to mind in this situation. First, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

Second, and more imperatively still, “If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them.”

As always, we would be wise to heed Orwell’s sharp portent.


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  • That TPP TRADE agreement seems great on the surface, the Facade.
    What we learn time and again is that facade has a door and as soon as WE accept that facade the door can be opened; that door leads to a room for Tyrants and oppression nearly every single time.
    Is the name off the bill “save the starving children”?…………………….OK it surely seeks your approval to rape women to check for explosive devices and also to depopulate the Earth with children killing viruses or by switching children for pets.

    • WTF does TRADE have to do with censoring and policing the 1st Amendment on the internet?

  • Gotta love fascism — no really, YOU HAVE TO!!!

  • Fyi i dont even have or want a tweet acount

  • Well…they had a good run…time for an alternative

  • don’t twit

  • Twitter is now Big Brother?

  • “Inflammatory public speech rises steadily before outbreaks of mass violence, suggesting that it is a precursor of, or even a prerequisite for violence,”?????
    Avoid the fundamentals, create a distraction/problem, force a solution only in line with the created problem. Result? (Maybe this could also apply to Murdoch, AP et al etc…)
    No mention of other circumstances, situations, press, persons, corporations or government policies that generate or instigate inflammatory speech and or violence? Welcome to your new STASI 2 training program.

  • Twitter is free to censor or not… they are not a government entity. If it were my company, I wouldn’t let pro-ISIS (or any other extremist religious) speech persist on it. It makes good sense to douse the flames of religious violence – let them make their own platform if they want. Freedom of competition and all that.

  • Inflammatory public speech rises steadily before public outbreaks of mass violence…If you use that rational all the gop debates should have been stopped and all the gop candidates should be silenced.

  • FUCK OFF did you hear that !!!

  • So is Facebook you idiots!

  • lol yeah, that will totally curb the dissent. Do these people know nothing of history?

  • Just one more step down the road to fascism.

  • Just wondering if anyone else thinks we are being programmed to help the establishment with things such as the Amber alert. Would I be paranoid to see the public used as a million eyes searching for whomever they want? It’s just a thought.

    • It certainly is a scary thought

    • That’s what the if you see something say something campaign is all about.

    • If they can convince people to memorize a number and recite it on demand is any evidence, yes, you’re paranoid!

  • Would be? Cremated?

  • Boo hoo. Twitter is already a cesspool. The more tweets that get deleted, the better the world will be. Fuck Twitter, and fuck everyone who uses it regularly.

  • power to the dissidents

  • LMAO hopefully people now will comprehend why ISIS had a fucking Twitter page in the first place.


  • the odd thing is every time I clicked on this link the page would load and 3 seconds later an ad would replace the whole page! I had to turn the wi-fi off just after the page loaded so I could read the article! That has never happened on thefreethoughtproject pages befor

  • Time to fuck up some Twitter feeds

  • The 1st Amendment applies ONLY to government restriction on speech. Twitter, and Facebook, are private companies and can restrict speech however they wish (with a few exceptions). If enough people complain/boycott/protest Twitter will change the policy…or the door will be opened for a new competitor with policies people prefer.

  • Dissent will NOT be tolerated !!

  • Yes and “they” have been and are taking notes and making lists. Some people will just shake their heads and say “thats just paranoia” Sometimes there really is a reason to be.

  • Fuck Twitter it’s shite anyway.

  • Because who would be evil enough to post anti corruption posts??? Corruption is so great every ones doing it!!!

  • And so it begins.. I’ve been expecting Facebook to censor some of my pics. and MEME’s…

  • Terrorism as defined by those with the need for an excuse for such a thing as “The Patriot Act” is a person or persons who threaten our American way of life. Is freedom of speech not included in that way of life. Doesn’t that mean that Obama by trying to censor social media or anyone for that matter is committing an act of terror? Which in turn makes him a terrorist? Those who support this obviously unconstitutional initiative as well? Well guess what Mr. President. I do not negotiate with terrorists! I will not be censored!

  • twitter is for fanboys to stalk celebrities not for communication or sharing ideas.

  • DROP TWEETING Then,..Simple,..

  • Sure glad I’m old and won’t be around too much longer.It just goes from bad to worse to terrible ! The worst thing is that the general population under 50 don’t even know what they have lost because this shit has been the norm for their entire lives.How sad

    • Care to explain?

    • Trevor Rester Sure we now live in a police state,we didn’t when I was young,We are spied on by the government without a warrant.When I was young we weren’t. Dissent is criminalized .When you do demonstrate you now face hordes of police with sub machine guns .and on & on. When I was 20 we had free public higher education in most big cities like NY City College .I went to los Angles City College as an out of state student for 12 dollars a credit.Now they saddle you with a debt you will pay for almost your entire life unless you are lucky and get that good job they promise that only very few actually get. You can’t do much without the government looking at you today.You are under surveillance everywhere you go in public .You make a payment to a bank in cash now and they interrogate you( it happened to me last week at Citi Bank) .I could go on but what is the point.The fact is America has been lost to the corporate fascists and their puppets.

  • Twitter has been going in a downward spiral for sometime now, this is another nail in the coffin for the “social” media platform, it’s a [email protected] disgrace!! -_-

    Thinking I might delete my profile eventually…

  • Who the hell uses twitter, anyway?

  • Don Daniel

  • Danny Stainthorpe

  • Orwell seen beyond the curtain so he wouldn’t be surprised..he tried to warn us

  • Fuk you!…..Send the man down my way…… He can nibble on this…..

  • I hate twitter. They pulled my account for no good reason. Fascists.

  • like any business Twitter has to have certain permits to operate from the government. Now you know who is putting pressure on Twitter to do this.

  • Now that twitter is a pawn played on Wall Street, what else can be expected,

  • Oppressors.

  • Jocanda

    I am disappointed in you Twitter. You were the last big holdout for Free Speech among the social networks. Sad.