Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao harshly criticized the tech company on Tuesday after it published an open letter condemning racism, with Pao saying the social network knowingly makes money off hate. “You don’t get to say BLM when reddit nurtures and monetizes white supremacy and hate all day long,” Pao tweeted, referring to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Current Reddit CEO Steve Huffman, known as u/spez on the platform, had sent the open letter to his staff on Monday and also published it on Twitter. “We do not tolerate hate, racism, and violence, and while we have work to do to fight these on our platform, our values are clear,” he wrote.
Pao, who served as the company’s interim CEO from late 2014 to mid-2015, retweeted a link to the letter along with her response, saying she felt a responsibility to take Reddit to task.
Snapchat said Wednesday it would no longer promote President Donald Trump’s content in its Discover section, a move that brings the messaging company closer to Twitter’s approach in the ongoing debate over political speech.
The company said in a statement that it would not “amplify voices who incite racial violence.”
Snapchat’s Discover section typically features content from news organizations, brands, celebrities and sometimes politicians. The president’s account remains visible on the platform, and anyone can follow the account for updates.
Snapchat’s change will remove Trump from the Discover section.
Social media giant Twitter recently claimed that it’s not attempting to take down all misinformation on the platform, only that with “the highest potential for harm.” Breitbart News has documented numerous examples of misinformation that did not receive a “fact check” by Twitter, as well as for threats of violence that remained on the platform for extended periods.
Business Insider reports that social media giant Twitter has clarified its new policies on misinformation in a series of tweets, noting that the firm isn’t focused on flagging all misinformation on the platform but instead focusing on posts with the “highest potential for harm.”
We are NOT attempting to address all misinformation. Instead, we prioritize based on the highest potential for harm, focusing on manipulated media, civic integrity, and COVID-19. Likelihood, severity and type of potential harm — along with reach and scale — factor into this.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) June 3, 2020