Twitter won’t hide Donald Trump’s racist tweets

Twitter will not address President Donald Trump's recent tweets that tell congressmen to "return" to their supposed home countries as a violation of their odious behavior policy, the company confirmed to The Verge ] That means that the tweets will not trigger a Twitter tagging system announced last month, aimed at limiting the scope of content banned by public officials.

On Sunday, Trump attacked a group of congressmen, implicitly representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ) – saying that they come from "countries whose governments are a total and total catastrophe" and tell them to "Return" to "the places totally destroyed and infested by the crime from which they came". The four representatives are women of color, and three of them were born in the United States; as explained Vox and The New York Times the tweets invoke a racist and xenophobic rhetoric that suggests that non-white people and immigrants are not really Americans.

Gizmodo noted earlier that Twitter's hateful behavior policy prohibits "attacking people with insults, tropes or other content that attempts to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category." If Twitter had reached the conclusion that Trump broke this rule, In theory, we must hide the tweets behind a gray box that warns users about its content. That is the alternative of Twitter to eliminate tweets that are a "public interest issue" but that violate its rules.

However, it is difficult to say where the real obstacle of Twitter's "hate behavior" lies, because the content is moderated by a large number of people who interpret the rules in different ways, as in most of the social networking platforms. In addition, Twitter, in particular, has a complicated stance on racist content. Apparently you can not be a self-declared Nazi, but Twitter has said that it is talking to experts to discover its more general rules about white supremacy.

Trump's tweets have been widely condemned by political figures, including other Republicans. If Twitter tried to use its new feature to send a message about what is acceptable on the site, it would have been an understandable moment to do so. As it is, we still do not know what would justify the gray box.

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