Twitter blocks ‘Uncle Tim’ slur against black Republican senator from trending, but allows users to keep posting it
Twitter announced that it would block a racial slur being used against Republican South Carolina Senator Tim Scott from trending, after users pointed out it was against the social network’s rules against racist tropes and slurs.
Scott delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to congress on Wednesday. During the speech, he recalled having been “called Uncle Tom and the n-word by progressives and liberals” – ironically, prompting Biden supporters to take to Twitter and use a variation of the slur against the senator.
The amount of abuse hurled at Scott led to “Uncle Tim” becoming one of Twitter’s most prominent trending topics on Wednesday night. The phrase is a play on ‘Uncle Tom’ – a slur which is used to insinuate that a black person has betrayed their race for white people.Also on rt.com Senator Scott blasts Dems for divisive political race-baiting, Liberal Twitter brands him ‘Uncle Tim’ in response
Many users, however, soon protested Twitter for allowing the phrase to trend, pointing to the platform’s ‘Hateful conduct policy’ which bans “slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone.” On Thursday, the company responded by taking the trend down.
That this racist term trended during Sen. Tim Scott's speech is as revealing as it is repugnant, as is the large-scale liberal silence that Twitter promoted a racist attack. A world in which people of color are forced by racist insults to subscribe to one ideology is grotesque. pic.twitter.com/NDksUEriHn— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 29, 2021
So @Twitter, @TwitterSafety, @jack... can you explain how "Uncle Tim," which you are helping to promote by listing it as trending, doesn't violate this policy?https://t.co/ASict4XHsipic.twitter.com/zoo4dI0XP6— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) April 29, 2021
Hey @jack and #Twitter@verified WHY are you allowing "Uncle Tim" to trend on your platform? This is hate speech plain and simple against @SenatorTimScott You would never allow this to happen if it was being levied against a liberal politician. #Hypocrites— John Rich (@johnrich) April 29, 2021
A Twitter spokesperson told various outlets that it could “confirm that we are blocking the phrase” from appearing as a trend in an effort to “promote healthy conversations on Twitter,” though the social network continued to allow its users – including verified media figures – to use the slur in their own tweets.
Tim Scott continued to be one of Twitter’s top trending topics following the intervention, but only his name appeared, without any reference to the ‘Uncle Tom/Tim’ slur.Also on rt.com Hit piece on Republican senator’s cotton-picking ancestors backfires for Washington Post, but team Trump doesn’t race to his aid
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