Twitter has been hot water lately, especially after being ordered by a French court to release the identity of a neo-Nazi group. Then, a group of users was posting content, but after objection from a rights group in France to shut down the group but refused to release the identities of the members, until the French court intervened and said they had to.
Twitter and Vine
Vine was released by twitter not that long ago. For those who do not know, Vine allows a user to play a 6 second looped video. Obviously, there is now a question of users taking advantage of this to post sexually suggestive material. Twitter, and their desire to keep their airwaves clean, have cracked down on this, by blocking certain search tags that are associated with finding pornographic material. However, people are still able to view these Vine videos by using other search tags.
And a Twitter spokesperson told CNET news, “We’re in the process of changing how users find and view sensitive content. We’re experimenting with a number of approaches and will continue to iterate.” Hopefully with all the crackdowns, Twitter will be able to keep their airwaves clean, so as to avoid the possibility of being sanctioned by certain groups or having long-time users make for the hills.
For now, users are still able to find videos, such as using the search tag #nsfw, which stands for not safe for work. Some videos are getting the infamous screen, which says ‘This post may contain sensitive content.’ And there are a variety of other tags which can be used, but for the sake of clear consciences they will not be posted here.
So what can Twitter do?
The next step for twitter would be the safe end users who engage in posting this kind of content. This would include blocking user names, IP addresses, or other types of identifying features. Another step would be to increase the number of moderators or make it easier for users to designate which videos or content are such these explicit. After all, YouTube relies heavily on its own users to help censor content that may offend or maybe illegal. And Facebook is particularly famous for having users ripping together to protest the actions of other groups.
From a business stand point, it will make sense for Twitter to keep their users happy. This isn’t a matter of free speech or stamping out rights of expression, but protecting the interests of consumers. Twitter was founded on the basis of having a social media experience that was free of harassment, prejudice, racism, or other damaging feelings. Scaring away users is not good business plan and neither does it make sense for twitter to land in hot water with foreign countries.