As Free Speech Becomes Cyber Bullying, When and for Whom Do Social Media Platforms Draw the Line?
After very recent episodes of cyber bullying against Taylor Swift and Leslie Jones (for separate reasons), executives of Twitter and Instagram took to their respective platforms to suspend users and delete comments in order to remedy the damages from reported abuse.
Beginning with snake emojis on Swift's Instagram photos, and tweets harassing Jones for her "Ghostbusters" role, social media platforms have made significant efforts to weed out the bullies, making it very clear that such behavior is not tolerated. Ever.
Though Instagram's quickness to respond to Swift's dilemma was deemed white privilege since Twitter had a slower response time to @Lesdoggg's situation, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says it was with reason.
"We know many people believe we have not done enough to curb this type of behavior on Twitter. We agree... We have been in the process of reviewing our hateful conduct policy to prohibit additional types of abusive behavior and allow more types of reporting, with the goal of reducing the burden on the person being targeted."
And, of course, there are two sides to every argument. Now, social media users who voiced their opinions about Swift and Jones only to be banned/suspended are angered by their inability to speak their minds.
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