Forbes: How Twitter’s New Censorship Tools Are The Pandora’s Box Moving Us Towards The End Of Free Speech

Forbes: How Twitter’s New Censorship Tools Are The Pandora’s Box Moving Us Towards The End Of Free Speech. “Earlier this morning social media and the tech press lit up with reports of users across Twitter receiving half-day suspensions en masse as the platform abruptly rolled out its decade-overdue hate-speech filter to its platform. The company has refused to provide details on specifically how the new system works, but using a combination of behavioral and keyword indicators, the filter flags posts it deems to be violations of Twitter’s acceptable speech policy and issues users suspensions of half a day during which they cannot post new tweets and their existing tweets are visible only to followers. From the platform that once called itself ‘the free speech wing of the free speech party,’ these new tools mark an incredible turn of events for the company that just two years ago famously wrote Congress to say it would do everything in its power to uphold the right of alleged terrorists to post freely to its platform. What does Twitter’s new interest in hate speech tell us about the future of free speech online?”