The nation was outraged when rapper Azealia Banks sent out a series of disturbing tweets at Sarah Palin, asking followers to find Palin’s house and wishing that she would be gang-raped by black men. Even liberals were appalled by Banks’ tweets. But Twitter apparently didn’t have any problem with it.
Social media giant Twitter made a shocking decision to defend rapper Azealia Banks’ call for violence—a demonstrable violation of the company’s Terms of Service—against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Breitbart News has learned.
“We reviewed the content and determined that it was not in violation of the Twitter Rules,” Twitter told a person who formally complained about Banks’ call for the forcible rape of the former Alaska governor.
… The complaint submitted to Twitter also includes a series of footnotes referencing news articles on Banks’ threats against Palin, and a link to Twitter’s Terms of Service.
The first is to a U.K. Daily Mail article describing how Banks called for Palin to be assaulted. “Sarah Palin needs to have her hair shaved off to a buzz cut, get headfucked by a big, veiny, ashy black dick then be locked in a cupboard,” Banks Tweeted in one, captured by a Media Research Center team member before she deleted them.
The second footnote in the official complaint was a MRC article.
“Hideous,” Banks said in her second Tweet. “At least suk a nigga dick or summ’ before you start talking shit about ‘black people willingly accepting slavery’. Least she can do”
“Honestly…. Let’s find the biggest burliest blackest negroes and let them run a train on her. Film it and put it on worldstar,” she added in a third Tweet.
The third footnote links to an article in Twitchy, detailing how Banks also said via Twitter “F*** Sarah Palin.”
The fourth footnote is the link to a Tweet of a Banks fan, which Banks herself retweeted, calling for people to go to Palin’s home in Alaska and steal her hair to make a voodoo doll.
“Azealia begins calling her friends in Alaska in search of way to get one of Sarah Palin’s hairs for a voodoo doll,” the Tweet that Banks retweeted reads.
The fifth footnote is a link to Twitter’s Terms of Service.
“Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism,” Twitter’s Terms of Service read.
“Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease,” Twitter’s Terms of Service adds.“We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.”
… Upon reviewing this complaint, Twitter’s support team shockingly determined that Banks’ calls for a gang rape of Palin—and her encouraging of her supporters to go to Palin’s house and harass her—is not a violation of the company’s Terms of Service.
“Thank you for your report. Twitter takes reports of this nature very seriously,” Twitter’s Support team replied in an email back to the original complaint, which was also provided to Breitbart News.
So violent threats against conservatives don’t violate the Twitter terms of service. Good to know.
Hat tip to the Daily Mail which did one of the stories on this that Breitbart based their story on.
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