South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott delivered a rarity, an opposing party “replay” to a Presidential address that was eloquent, powerful, and relevant. However, Scott also fell into the ethics abyss by demanding that Twitter take down tweets that included the hashtag “Uncle Tim.” Scott called the trend “upsetting” and “so disappointing” this morning, saying that it shows the left “are literally attacking the color of my skin.”
Well yes, they are. That shouldn’t be surprise, since they have also been attacking the color of MY skin.
The conservatives, as the mainstream media likes to say when Republican point out hypocrisy, “pounced”:
Conservatives shouldn’t be calling for censorship on social media. They should point out what such words and attitudes indicate to be sure, but demanding that speech be taken off-line is ethically incoherent. By all means, allow the more revolting elements in the progressive mob reveal their character and their own hypocrisy. And point out the flaming double standards Twitter and Facebook apply to political speech.
Twitter, of course, is wrong in too many ways to tote up, as usual. After Scott and others complained, a Twitter spokesperson said that the platform decided to block a trend calling him “Uncle Tim.”
“This is in line with our policies on Trends, specifically: ‘We want Trends to promote healthy conversations on Twitter. This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available. This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules,’” a Twitter spokesperson said.
So if a U.S. Senator says to take down tweets that are critical of him, Twitter does it? And conservatives applaud?