URGENT: As we feared, @TwitterSafety is already locking and suspending the accounts of extremism researchers under its new "Private Media" policy. The video is from September (predating the policy) and shows two right-wing extremists IN PUBLIC, planning violent assaults.

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Just as we feared, @TwitterSafety's new "Private Media" policy is already being used by extremists to suppress valid, public-interest research by journalists who expose violent crimes. This policy is hours-old and is already being abused.
Sharing images is an important part of folks' experience on Twitter. People should have a choice in determining whether or not a photo is shared publicly. To that end we are expanding the scope of our Private Information Policy. 🧵
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Right-wing extremists have increasingly turned to Twitter mass-reporting in order to suppress reporting on their misdeeds. False DMCA reports were used in October to suppress my breaking report on Andy Ngo's ties to violent antisemitic groups in Poland. dailydot.com/debug/andy-ngo-…
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After my Twitter account was suspended in October due to false DMCA reports by right-wing extremists, I began making plans to move my research and reporting off Twitter to other platforms. I recommend that others do the same immediately. @riseupnet and @noblogs are both good.
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If you've been using Twitter as your primary platform for publishing research or journalism, I recommend moving to another platform immediately. @TwitterSafety's double standards mean that rampant abuse goes unchecked while independent journalism is punished. It's not worth it.
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If you've noticed that my published research has slowed down lately, it's because I have spent the last three weeks migrating my research on violent far-right extremism and police misconduct away from Twitter. Remember that @revue is owned by Twitter and should also be avoided.
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"This policy update will help curb the misuse of media to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of private individuals, which disproportionately impacts women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities." This policy is already harming those exact people.
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Let’s unpack what this means. This policy update will help curb the misuse of media to harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of private individuals, which disproportionately impacts women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.
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Had @TwitterSafety's poorly-conceived "private media" policy been in place last year, it's possible that George Floyd's and Ahmaud Arbery's murderers would never have been punished. Vague policies and subjective enforcement always favors the powerful over the powerless.
URGENT: As we feared, @TwitterSafety is already locking and suspending the accounts of extremism researchers under its new "Private Media" policy. The video is from September (predating the policy) and shows two right-wing extremists IN PUBLIC, planning violent assaults.
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.@TwitterSafety just forced photojournalist Kelly Stuart (@SkySpider_) to remove a video under their new "private media" policy. The video shows two right-wing extremists (in public) planning a criminal assault on reporter @emilymolli, documented here: pressfreedomtracker.us/all-i…
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BREAKING: Researcher @StonePgh, who exposed indicted Capitol rioter Brandon Straka's #WalkWay PAC's role in the Jan 6th attack on the Capitol, has been hit by @TwitterSafety's new private media policy. WalkAway reported 23 videos documenting federal crimes and got them removed.
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BREAKING: @TwitterSafety has locked the well-respected Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) out of their 5-year-old account under their new "private media" policy. Twitter is forcing removal of a 2018 tweet about the public actions of a white supremacist college student organizer.
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NEW: The "private media" that @TwitterSafety forced extremism researcher @StonePgh to remove was a screenshot showing Alex Jones contributing $10,000 to the public GoFundMe for WalkAway, an organization whose founders were convicted of federal crimes related to January 6th.
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NEW: The federally-convicted criminals behind the WalkAway PAC have used @TwitterSafety's new "private media" policy to force researcher @StonePgh to delete screenshots of public tweets documenting how founder Brandon Straka helped finance the attack on the US Capitol.
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NEW: A Minneapolis activist has been targeted under @TwitterSafety's new Private Media policy for posting a screenshot of a public Facebook post by a prominent local landlord who runs a public, 25,000-member crime watch group. The "private media" is a post linking to a GoFundMe.
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BREAKING: Photojournalist Sean Beckner-Carmitchel (@ACatWithNews) has been locked out of his account after being targeted with false @TwitterSafety reports for his own footage of a public rally. Carmitchel's footage has appeared on ABC News, CNN, Good Morning America, and more.
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NEW: Right-wing accounts are bragging about making false @TwitterSafety reports against researchers and journalists. The account @GrownHorror (ID: 1437447099331788804) has made false reports of "private media" against dozens of accounts. A predictable and avoidable disaster.
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NEW: @TwitterSafety's disastrous rollout of their flawed "Private Media" policy is international. Swiss disinformation research group @__investigate__ had their account locked for an old tweet showing a screenshot from a public Telegram chat for dangerous antivax sect Mass-Voll.
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NEW: Two women victims of criminal harassment have disclosed privately that their stalkers have used @TwitterSafety's new "Private Media" policy to force the victims to delete several screenshots that detail ongoing criminal threats. Twitter's new policy is deeply flawed.
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NEW: @SamBraslow, staff writer for the Beverly Hills Courier, has had his account locked by @TwitterSafety because right-wing rallygoers reported his footage of public rallies in Los Angeles. This policy is being abused to target mainstream reporters at established publications.
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NEW: Twitter has suspended one of the accounts filing false reports against researchers and journalists. I have word that @TwitterSafety is actively looking to suspend accounts making false reports under their new policy.
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NEW: Right-wing accounts are bragging about making false @TwitterSafety reports against researchers and journalists. The account @GrownHorror (ID: 1437447099331788804) has made false reports of "private media" against dozens of accounts. A predictable and avoidable disaster.
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BREAKING: Researchers at @MIAagainstFash have had their account locked by @TwitterSafety simply for retweeting a photo of Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio (currently in prison). The retweeted photo is of a public figure, in a public setting, taken by a professional journalist.
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Damien Jarrett (@WalkawayDamo), the Director of Advocacy for right-wing group WalkAway, admits to "weaponizing" and having "fun with" filing false reports under Twitter's new policy. Part of his campaign to suppress reporting of Walkaway founder Brandon Straka's federal crimes.
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I have just successfully appealed a 12-hour lockout of my account due to false reporting by convicted federal criminals. My thread documenting the far right's abuse of Twitter's flawed new policy? It was false-reported by the far right abusing Twitter's flawed new policy.
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UPDATE: My account has finally been unlocked after nearly 72 hours of mass reporting by right-wing extremists abusing Twitter's new "private media" policy. The false reports came from @MrAndyNgo's followers and neo-nazis who share Hitler jokes celebrating the holocaust.
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NEW: I have confirmed that Twitter accounts with @Verified blue checkmarks are protected from abuse reports, meaning they cannot be penalized for violating @TwitterSafety's Terms of Service except in very extreme circumstances, and even then only with additional, manual review.
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.@MrAndyNgo, whose lawyers threatened to sue me for tweeting about him, and who filed multiple false DMCA takedown requests against me and others for reporting on his ties to Polish far-right terrorist groups, accusing the left of celebrating censorship. 👉🏼
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NEW: Twitter says "a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports" have flooded in re: new rule and its "enforcement teams made several errors." They've launched an internal review to understand where this disastrous policy rollout went wrong. washingtonpost.com/technolog…
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NEW: Twitter’s New Privacy Policy Is Making It Harder to Spread Warnings About Online Fascists Left-leaning researchers and activists are being targeted by takedown complaints. motherjones.com/politics/202…
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NEW: Twitter admits policy 'errors' after far-right abuse "The current mass-reporting actions by the far-right are just the latest salvo in an ongoing, concerted effort to memory-hole evidence of their crimes and misdeeds,", said @chadloder. news.yahoo.com/twitter-admit…
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