Twitter Safety announced Monday night that for everyone’s safety they will soon be limiting “synthetic and manipulated media,” otherwise known as “memes,” on the social platform.
After Donald Trump’s unprecedented 2016 victory against Hillary Clinton against mammoth odds, most right-leaning Twitter users have witnessed a severe backlash in the form of censorship and shadowbanning on major social media platforms.
As a result, the recent move by Twitter to censor memes has been widely anticipated.
According to Twitter:
” What is Synthetic and manipulated media? It’s media that’s been significantly altered or created in a way that changes the original meaning/purpose, or makes it seem like certain events took place that didn’t actually happen”.
Twitter Safety continues:
“In the coming weeks, we’ll announce a feedback period so that you can help us refine this policy before it goes live. Stay tuned for more!”
Always caring about you, Twitter Safety said they would take input from remaining posters who had not been banned or suspended.
Why are we doing this?
1️⃣We need to consider how synthetic media is shared on Twitter in potentially damaging contexts.
2️⃣We want to listen and consider your perspectives in our policy development process.
3️⃣We want to be transparent about our approach and values.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) October 21, 2019
The majority of responses back to Twitter Safety’s post was that the move was expected and grounded in hurt feelings of Democrats to put controls on Republicans before the 2020 Presidential election.
It is unclear if Twitter Safety will be protecting anyone from Fake News videos like ABC broadcasting posted earlier in the month of a fake war.
This story is developing.