Twitter Adds Trigger Warning to Story About Milo and Leslie Jones, But Not to Shootings and Bombings

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By William Hicks | 11:29 am, January 4, 2017

For a while now, many have suspected the greatest sin imaginable to the Twitter Trust and Safety Council is insulting Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. But who knew it would be worse than acts of mass terrorism?

On Twitter’s “moments” page yesterday the company decided to add a content warning to a story about Leslie Jones calling out the book company that gave Milo Yiannopoulos a six-figure book deal. Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter last year for participating in large-scale harassment of the actress.

While there was no obviously objectionable content in the piece, that was not true of the stories next to it on the page. Twitter decided a content warning was not needed for a suicide bombing in Baghdad, a mass shooting in Turkey or even a “gruesome” Brazilian prison riot. But god forbid children see an American actress get offended over a book deal!

Twitter has been extremely successful at banning users and censoring tweets over Leslie Jones and the latest Ghostbusters film. Too bad they are much less successful at dealing with real harassment.

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