Twitter is openly blocking doubleplusungood tweets that utter the phrase “illegal alien“.
Slight problem is that that is an actual term used in actual Federal Law:
Does Twitter now ban the plain text of federal law? 8 U.S. Code § 1252c is entitled “Authorizing State and local law enforcement officials to arrest and detain certain illegal aliens.” It authorizes the state or local arrest of illegal alien felons. https://t.co/VOnyhcTaqV
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 13, 2018
Even if one could trust Twitter to honestly act solely out of a desire to stop heated rhetoric (stop laughing), filters don’t grok context, such as use in an actual law on the books. This won’t end well.