While most social sites, such as Youtube and Facebook, take an aggressive stance against the MAP (Minor Attracted Person) community, Twitter has taken a more obscure approach. It is through this obscurity that questions began to arise, what is Twitter’s stance?
In one section of their TOS, the site claims to have a zero tolerance policy. However, within that same segment, Twitter backtracks this claim. The evidence is pictured below.
The two images, in many ways, contradict one another. Twitter states they have a zero tolerance policy. Immediately after stating this, they claim discussions related to child exploitation is not a policy violation so long as it doesn’t promote the act. That opens up a pandora’s box. Aside from speaking against the act, how does one talk about it and not glorify it? This also leads to questions regarding the MAP community, who thrive on Twitter with no reprecussion to what they tweet.
Twitters “child exploitation” policy, at best, is vague in this regard. If you have a zero tolerance policy, than that should mean zero tolerance. With the exceptions that the site has allowed, they are claiming a zero tolerance policy that isn’t really a zero tolerance. The exceptions leave many loopholes opened, and it’s abundantly clear. When reporting these MAP accounts, we almost never see any reaction from Twitter. When there is a reaction, it usually ends with a few tweets being removed while the account continues to thrive. The policy boils down to incompetence, wreckless, and lacks any sort of thought as to how it should be implimented.