While Twitter has been cracking down on political speech over the course of the year, with the range of what is allowed to be discussed on the platform narrowing, there's one shocking thing that Twitter has decided to allow – the discussion of “attraction towards minors.”
The new update has been quietly added to Twitter's policy.
Over the last week, users have been pushing back against Twitter for suspending journalist Andy Ngo for tweeting facts about transgender deaths as well as suspending the ads of Project Veritas – an organization that has revealed Twitter's internal bias and the desire of Twitter employees to control the narrative.
When users complain about the lack of free speech on Twitter, the ability to discuss “attraction towards minors” with impunity was probably the last thing they were asking for.
The change to Twitter's terms of service was discovered recently by Big League Politics.
Twitter's Terms of Service Explicitly Allows Pedophiles to Discuss ‘Attraction Towards Minors' on Their Platform https://t.co/feY0HEwNmh
— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) November 26, 2019
However, archived versions of Twitter's child sexual exploitation policy show that the change was actually introduced sometime between June 3 and June 7 of this year. During this time, the policy was updated to include a section that reads:
“Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted, provided they don't promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way.”
Twitter users have expressed their dismay at discovering the policy:
Twitter terms of service allows:
“Discussions related to attraction towards minors"
So pedophiles can advocate for their so called "minor attraction" "rights" on Twitter but…
You know what @Twitter will NOT allow?
Advocating specific harsher sentencing for convinced pedos.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 27, 2019
Hello @TwitterSupport why are "artistic depictions of nude minors" allowed on your site? pic.twitter.com/3farL7xqLH
— Jack Posobiec, IWO (@JackPosobiec) November 27, 2019
Andy Ngo was suspended for telling the truth about crime.
But this is allowed?
Some clarification is needed, that's for sure. https://t.co/u3Kizgjk0t
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 27, 2019
This means that Twitter has been permitting these discussions for over five months and it appears that the company is outlining a clear ideological bent – creating a world where tweeting about statistical facts or referring to users by their biological gender can be punished on the platform but “attraction towards minors,” is not only overlooked – but explicitly allowed by its own policy.