Is Twitter unwilling or unable to boot Nazis from its platform the way it booted members of ISIS? If so why?
Because that would end up banning (some/many/all?) Republican politicians.
Motherboard explains (Emphasis mine):
“At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?
“An executive responded by explaining that Twitter follows the law, and a technical employee who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues went up to the mic to add some context. …
“With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said.
“In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.”
In other words, Twitter cannot tell the difference between Republicans and White Nationalists. And for the most part, neither can I.
And therein lies the problem of bias. Because Twitter (and Facebook, and others) cannot make the distinction between hate speech and Republican orthodoxy, it lets it continue unabated and unquestioned, which gives Right Wing voices an inherent boost. They cannot stop the hate speech because of who is saying it.