Following the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Twitter users have expressed anger and outrage after their tweets criticizing Texas politicians were flagged as too crude.
The shooting, in which 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School were shot dead by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, sparked shock and anger on social media.
Many users blamed pro-gun politicians like Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at fault, prompting a spate of profanity-laden tweets.
However, many of those tweets were answered with automated messages from Twitter asking them to change their tone. However, given the seriousness of the situation, Twitter users were unenthusiastic about the call for courtesy.
A user who responded to a tweet from Rep. Tony Gonzales, a Republican representing the city of Uvalde, was quickly notified by Twitter. The user who told Gonzales to “fuck” himself after the politician called for prayer shared the warning he received.
“Most tweeters don’t post replies like this,” the statement said. “We ask Tweeters to review replies with potentially harmful or offensive language. Do you want to double check before you tweet?”
Others were similarly outraged and also shared screenshots of the message with their followers.
A Twitter user who urged Abbott to “pull your f***ing head out of your f***ing ass” was also flagged for his tweet.
“And no @Twitter I don’t give a shit that most ‘tweeters don’t post answers like this,'” the user wrote. “‘Most tweeters’ shouldn’t give a damn about gun violence, either.”
Countless examples were soon all over Twitter as users reacted in frustration to the devastating gunshots.
“Most people aren’t depraved legislators either, who consistently prioritize guns over lives, but here we damn it,” another user said in a mocking sample of the notice.
Some users were much more outspoken in their anger on Twitter for suggesting changing the language of their tweets.
“No Twitter fuck off if I wanna call Greg Abbot and the NRA assholes I wanna call them assholes,” they said.
Twitter’s feature doesn’t target tweets on a specific topic, only those containing profanity and other language deemed potentially harmful, although the company has said it takes the context of tweets into account.
Starting as a limited experiment in 2020, Twitter argued that the feature would help “encourage more meaningful conversations” by allowing Twitter users to review such tweets before sharing them.
Twitter has previously claims that when prompted, “34% of people revised their original response or chose not to send their response at all.”
Despite the company’s intentions, users don’t seem too thrilled when asked to change their language regarding comments about child deaths.
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*Initial publication: May 25, 2022 at 11:18 am CDT
Mikael Thalen is a Seattle-based tech and security reporter covering social media, data breaches, hackers and more.
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