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Far-Right Actividt Banned From Twitter For Criticizing Ilhan Omar

Twitter replied: "You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people"

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The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. VOA

Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.

Loomer was banned for violating the social media siite’s rules regarding “hateful conduct”, Mic.com reported on Thursday.

Omar is one of the first Muslim women to be elected to US Congress.

“Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate awomen, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” Loomer tweeted.

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Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota. VOA

The later part of her tweet where she termed Omar as “anti-Jewish” got her permanently banned from the micro-blogging platform.

“The reason I was suspended was simply for telling the truth, the truth about Ilhan Omar,” Loomer defended herself in a YouTube video.

“I’ve been silenced in America. I’ve been silenced as a journalist for reporting the truth. It’s egregious. And so what I need all of you to do is to subscribe to my website.”

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Twitter replied: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease”.

Loomer’s Twitter account had over 260,000 followers before the ban. (IANS)

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Lok Sabha Elections On Priority List Says Twitter

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform.

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Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform. Pixabay

Twitter on Thursday said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is a key priority for the company and it deeply respects the integrity of the election process while being committed to provide a service that fosters and facilitates free and open democratic debate.

“The 2019 Lok Sabha is a priority for the company and our dedicated cross functional team is working to ensure that the health of the public conversation is enhanced and protected at this important time,” Colin Crowell, Global Vice President – Public Policy, Twitter, said in a statement.

Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being “slow” in removing “objectionable content” from its platform.

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According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world. Pixabay

The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology (IT) has summoned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on February 25 over measures taken to ensure the safety and security of the users and allegations that the social media site is discriminating against “nationalist” posts on its platform.

According to Twitter, India is the world’s largest democracy, and one of the company’s largest and fastest-growing audience markets in the world.

“This is a constant process of learning and we gain insights from every election around the world, which helps inform our approach to this evolving challenge,” said Crowell.

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“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company. Pixabay

In this regard, Twitter on Tuesday announced to bring its Ads Transparency Centre to India on March 11 that allows everyone to view political ads with details like ad spend and targeting demographics.

“The Twitter rules were updated to provide clearer guidance on several key issues including fake accounts, attributed activity and distribution of hacked materials,” said the company.

Twitter said it continues to invest intensively to identify and combat bad faith actors who try to manipulate the service.

“We have formed an internal, cross functional elections group to lead electoral integrity work in India from now through polling day.

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“Using proprietary-built internal tools, the team proactively protects trends, supports partner escalations, and identifies potential threats from malicious actors,” said the micro-blogging platform.

The team, said Twitter, is working with political parties from across the spectrum, as well as the Election Commission of India, so that they know how to report suspicious, abusive and rule-violating activity to Twitter. (VOA)