Twitter Inadvertently Censors Gay, Bisexual Hashtags

A list of terms meant to prevent explicit content led Twitter to receive allegations of discrimination against LGBT groups.

The social media organization received criticism from users after hashtags including the words bisexual and gay produced no results in Twitter’s search function, according to Engadget.  Twitter said through their official account on Nov. 6 that they are working on fixing the problem, which they said was an honest mistake.

“Our implementation of this list in search allowed Tweets to be categorized based solely on text, without taking other signals into account,” Twitter’s support account said. “Also, the list was out of date, had not been maintained and incorrectly included terms that are primarily used in non-sensitive contexts.”

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey made changes in mid-October to the platforms rules according to Engadget, including “unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.”

Twitter has already moved to updated their list of terms to not include certain terms that may be used in a non-graphic context. They also said that over the next day they would make changes to their system that prevent the unnecessary censorship of tweets with LGBT terms.

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