Spray can stunt prompts Twit­ter to act on hate­ful tweets

North Bay Nugget - - WORLD NEWS -

An artist tired of see­ing hate­ful tweets ig­nored by Twit­ter has man­aged to get the so­cial net­work to re­move or hide some of them — by spray-paint­ing the of­fend­ing posts in front of the com­pany’s Ger­man head­quar­ters. Sha­hak Shapira said he re­ported some 300 tweets con­tain­ing pos­si­ble il­le­gal con­tent to Twit­ter over a pe­riod of about six months but the so­cial net­work­ing site ig­nored him. This oc­curred at a time when Twit­ter was ar­gu­ing against tough new leg­is­la­tion in Ger­many, in­sist­ing it was al­ready tak­ing suf­fi­cient mea­sures against hate speech. Shapira said he painted al­most 30 of the of­fend­ing tweets on the street in front of Twit­ter’s Ham­burg of­fices Friday be­cause “flag­ging things clearly wasn’t enough.”

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