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Twitter changes reason for not removing anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump

Twitter changes reason for not removing anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump
From TechCrunch - December 1, 2017

Twitter is standing by its earlier decision to keep up a series of graphic anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump earlier this weekthough its attempting to reframe its reason for doing so.

CEO Jack Dorsey took to the site to retract an earlier statement that Twitter support had left the videos live due to their being newsworthy for public interest, a guideline its invoked numerous times when criticized about its decision to leave up presidential tweets. The site now says that, while it wasnt wrong to keep the content up, its original justification for doing so was wrong.

We mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason we didnt take action on the videos from earlier this week, the executive explained, echoing Twitters official statement that, these videos are permitted on Twitter based on our current media policy.

Dorsey added, however that the site is, still looking critically at all of our current policies, and appreciate all the feedback. He pointed to recently announced plans to update site guidelines, as Twitter has come under increasing scrutiny over what it does and doesnt pull from the site. Early last month, it posted a new version of its rules, highlighting thing like abusive behavior, adult content and graphic violenceall said, however, its tough to see how the Trump RTed videos arent covered by that last point.

On Wednesday, the President retweeted a trio of videos by far-right British politician Jayda Fraser that purported to show Muslims performing violent acts. Conservative British Prime Minister Theresa May took Trump to task, calling him wrong for promoting hateful narratives.

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