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Twitter Accounts: Satire does not protect against blocking

Twitter can make anyone right. The social network is on the one hand, prompted by politicians, but also by many Users to moderate their hatred comments and possibly manipulative Tweets in the context of the elections stronger. On the other hand, the screaming is great when Twitter tightened its policies, and, increasingly, account locks.

pity with Twitter, however, is not appropriate. On the contrary, in the past two weeks has been the platform once more as an aloof, bureaucratic, and sometimes reality. As a result, Twitter has lost confidence, but at least an invitation in the Bundestag won. On Wednesday afternoon, the German company representative Nina rotten houses appeared and spoke to the members about the topic of "censorship incidents on Twitter". The meeting was not public - however, several politicians tweeted about the statements of rotten houses.

Incorrect Account closures are as old as Twitter. Since the beginning of may, but many German Users complain above average and that they were at least banished for a short time, from the network. The Berlin state Secretary, Sawsan Chebli, the IT lawyer Thomas Stadler, the writer Tom Hillenbrand, and the Account of the newspaper Jewish General met. They are now active again, under the Hashtag #Twitter locks even more examples can be found.

One reason for the closures is the new "Directive on the integrity of elections" from the April is, apparently. Therefore, it is not allowed for users", to use the services of Twitter with the aim to manipulate elections or to interfere. Including the Posting or Sharing content, with a negative impact on the turnout or incorrect information on the date, the place or the expiry of a choice falls."

Satire is not

Tom Hillenbrand protects against deletion had called in a Tweet AfD members, your ballot for the European elections to sign it, and then eat. Similar had tweeted Thomas Stadler – however, by as early as 2016. Sawsan Chebli was also addressed as the SPD politician Sven Kohlmeier their offending Tweets to AfD members.

How Nina rotten houses on Wednesday in the Bundestag, said, 've made a Twitter error. The decisions on blocking, meet people sitting around the world, but German native speakers were. In the case of the Jewish General, a Moderator have kept the Tweet spread image for a fake, it was called – it was a picture of a taped AfD poster. Twitter wool nachschulen its employees.

In the case of Stadler and Hillenbrand, there were other reasons. Tweets on signed ballots are clearly Satire, but the moderators behavior detected in the fact, apparently, misleading information about the election. Satire contained often false information, said Morschhäuser and therefore Satire Tweets are in the future, not bans, for sure, whether and how the reported Satire relates to Accounts, is unclear.

It is clear: Twitter has a moderation problem. This is not surprising; already in the course of the network enforcement act (NetzDG), there was the fear that the employees could not recognize Satire. Due to the stricter policies will only exacerbate the Problem, however, is what now leads to over blocking.

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