Twit­ter de­fi­ant over anti-Mus­lim videos

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TWIT­TER has claimed its de­ci­sion not to re­move vi­o­lent far-right videos shared by Don­ald Trump had noth­ing to do with the episode mak­ing global head­lines.

A row erupted be­tween Theresa May and the US pres­i­dent when he retweeted three anti-Mus­lim videos posted by the deputy leader of fringe po­lit­i­cal group Bri­tain First.

Two fea­tured vi­o­lent scenes, in­clud­ing some­one be­ing pushed off a roof and an­other person be­ing as­saulted, lead­ing Twit­ter users to sug­gest they breached the site’s guide­lines.

A pre­vi­ous state­ment from Twit­ter in­di­cated the con­tent was al­lowed to re­main on­line as it stoked de­bate.

It pointed to guid­ance in its help cen­tre which said: “There may be the rare oc­ca­sion when we al­low con­tro­ver­sial con­tent or be­hav­iour which may oth­er­wise vi­o­late our rules to re­main on our ser­vice be­cause we be­lieve there is a le­git­i­mate pub­lic in­ter­est in its avail­abil­ity.”

On Fri­day, Twit­ter co-founder Jack Dorsey rowed back on the sug­ges­tion, say­ing: “We mis­tak­enly pointed to the wrong rea­son we didn’t take ac­tion on the videos from ear­lier this week.”

In a se­ries of posts shared from the Twit­ter Safety ac­count, the so­cial me­dia gi­ant ap­peared to set out why Mr Trump’s tweets re­mained on the site.

It wrote: “Ear­lier this week Tweets were sent that con­tained graphic and vi­o­lent videos. We pointed peo­ple to our Help Cen­tre to ex­plain why they re­mained up, and this caused some con­fu­sion.

“To clar­ify: these videos are not be­ing kept up be­cause they are news­wor­thy or for pub­lic in­ter­est. Rather, these videos are per­mit­ted on Twit­ter based on our cur­rent me­dia pol­icy.

“We will con­tinue to re-eval­u­ate and ex­am­ine our poli­cies as the world around us evolves. We ap­pre­ci­ate the feed­back and will con­tinue to lis­ten.”

One user replied to Mr Dorsey’s post, ask­ing him if he thought the rea­son the posts stayed up was due to Twit­ter need­ing Mr Trump to drive traf­fic to the website, to which the tech chief replied: “No, I don’t.”

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