Human Error With Twitter Ban of NY Times Account

Social media has been the source of many discussions. While social media is considered mostly a good thing, there are errors that can occur, even with giants such as Facebook and Twitter. One of the most recent occurrences is the blocking of a NY Times Twitter account as a result of a certain tweet. The account has been restored with an apology to the account holder. Among the statements that were made about the incident is that it is a result of human error. However, this is not the only occurrence of such an incident. Also, other accounts on other social media sites have been frozen and not even restored for no apparent reason other than a post that was perhaps too offensive.

Twitter has recently made an update to the rules of engagement which include punishing of unwanted sexual advances and tweets that promote violence. The reason for the stricter rules of engagement is the result of bad publicity about the blocking of Rose McGowan for calling out Harvey Weinstein for his behavior.

Twitter is not the only site that is bringing forth stricter guidelines, other social media platforms like Google have decided that they are not going to monetize content that is not family friendly. Fortunately, people can still post mature content on their platform. They are just going to have to upload them for free. While this does seem like a new era of a more safer and friendly social internet, this could easily deteriorate into a censorship heavy politically correct environment where people are not allowed to express themselves. Time will tell where social media is going as new rules emerge.

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