Twitter accidentally banned multiple accounts
Twitter accidentally banned multiple accounts

According to The Washington Post, Twitter unexpectedly banned some accounts after right-wing extremists began exploiting the platform's new private content policy.

The Washington Post noted that the platform has since conducted an internal review of the matter and made the necessary corrections.

The platform's new policy allows individuals to request removal of photos or videos they contain, and it has become a target of far-right activists trying to remove photos they took during a hate rally.

The platform initially said the rule was designed to limit misuse of content to harassment and disclosure of personal identities, and Twitter said this had particularly serious implications for women, activists, dissidents and people from ethnic minorities.

As the Washington Post noted, the platform's new rules were misused by extremists shortly after it debuted.

Far-right activists have reportedly used services such as Telegram to organize actions against anti-extremist accounts.

These narratives expose and persecute white supremacists at hate rallies. They tried to lock these accounts and delete their profile pictures.

As noted by the Washington Post. Some extremist researchers learned that on the same day Twitter put the policy into effect, their accounts were banned for violating the platform's rules, which prohibit posting personal content from countries whose rights on the platform are recognized by law.

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy told The Washington Post in a statement that the company suffered from a large number of false positives, which led to 12 false comments.

Twitter opens and internal review begins

The program has been criticized for the vague wording of its new policy. In particular because of the effects on journalists or other users who have legitimate reasons to post pictures of other people on the Internet.

In a thread the day the feature started. The company said it is studying whether the photo will be public or will be reported by journalists. Pictures of people attending public events generally do not violate this policy (eg, large-scale protests, sporting events, etc.).

It is not clear if the platform plans to take steps to clarify this policy. And if allowed and not allowed avatar types are specified.

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