Twitter has assured its users that it is cracking down on the distribution of violent threats, but it did allow a barrage of attacks on the pro-Trump Kentucky students who were falsely accused of harassing a Native American protester.
We reported on Friday that the media erupted with a snippet of video that they claimed showed a bunch of Trump hat-wearing school kids mocking a group of Native Americans. But after the truth emerged, this attack on the kids turns out to be 100% fake news.
TWITTER THEN: We’ll ban conservatives for using “hate facts,” or facts that are true, but that we disagree with, to “improve the dialog”
TWITTER NOW: Threatening on Twitter to kill Catholic minors is fine, even if the accusations against them are #FakeNews https://t.co/EgWXbJCgjJ
— Tara Servatius (@TaraServatius) January 21, 2019
Twitter has spent years assuring the public that it will crack down on trolling, harassment, and violent threats. It’s also pledged to tackle “misinformation” and “unhealthy conversation,” using these loaded terms as excuses to ban a wide range of anti-progressive dissidents from the platform.
But when innocent conservative high school kids are flooded with violent threats, targeted harassment and doxing on the basis of media-promoted misinformation, Jack Dorsey and his staff seem to do nothing — it even briefly promoted the smears.
Over the past 48 hours, an angry mob of Twitter users — many of them with blue checkmarks next to their name, signaling endorsement of their messages by the company — have flooded the platform with disgusting abuse, violent threats, and calls to harass innocent students of the Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.
The wave of attacks was sparked by fake news — a claim, based on a clipped video and repeated by the mainstream media, that the high school students “taunted” and “harassed” a Native-American activist near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Longer versions of the same video showed that it was the activist, and a nearby group of black supremacist activists, who harassed the students. The latter group even hurled racial abuse at the students.
Most of the tweets remain on the platform, which has yet to ask the authors to take them down — much less deverify or ban them, something Twitter has done to conservative activists for far less. More
Here are some of the Twitter messages that were allowed to spread widely:
- I would put $1000 into a gofundme for someone to punch him right in the f—–g mouth — David Dellanave (@ddn) January 19, 2019
- Giving a s–t-eating grin to a Native American’s face isn’t legally violence. But he is smiling *about* the violence. He is saying, “my people hurt you, and you can’t touch me even while I gloat about it.” It is fascism. And you should punch fascists. — Jeffrey Grubb (@JeffGrubb) January 19, 2019
- Punch the little mfs in the face. Pain is an excellent teacher. — Simran Jeet Singh
- I know he’s like a teen or whatever but I still wanna hit him. Like super hard. Right in that bish ass lookin face. Ya know? — Patton Oswalt
- “Let Nazi teens have their privacy” is just the most white supremacist, ahistorical horsesh–. Like, there was literally an organization called the Hitler Youth and it served a very deliberate purpose. F— off and read a book
- Maybe doxing racist teens is a powerful deterrent against being a racist teen. We all know how much fash love discipline and consequences
- If I were in a room with the MAGA Kid, Hitler, and Toby and had three bullets, I’d shoot the MAGA Kid three times — Chad Chamberlain (@ChadChum15) January 20, 2019
- I hope all these MAGA kids in the news get cancer and the horrible parents that raised them this way get to suffer alongside them. — Jez Watson (@jezawatson) January 20, 2019
- I’m willing to bet that fifty years from now, a defining image of this political era will be that smug white MAGA teen disrespecting a Native elder and veteran. It just captures so much.