Twitter seems to be a safe haven for all things far-left while conservatives are left shadowbanned, censored, and silenced.
The tech giant has recently received criticism from free speech advocates for their absurd stance against “misgendering,” i.e., referring to someone by their biological gender, which is apparently an intolerable and highly offensive thing to do and is considered a banned practice on Twitter
Meanwhile, the social media site has much more lenient standards when it comes to discussing attraction to children on their platform.
It’s not OK to refer to a biological male as he or him but it’s totally OK to discuss being sexually attracted to children. That is truly disturbing.
Last week, the website Big League Politics identified a change to Twitter’s Child sexual exploitation policy that was made in June. The policy bans sharing sexually-suggestive material depicting children, any sort of attempted engagement of children in sexual conversations or recruitment, or “sharing fantasies about … child sexual exploitation.”
However, the June 2019 update added a “What is not a violation of this policy?” subsection, which states that “Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted, provided they don’t promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way” (emphasis added).
The change may have been made in response to lobbying by academics and activists who defend “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs). A coalition of such advocates wrote a letter to Twitter Trust & Safety director John Starr in January 2018 protesting the platform’s suspension of several “prominent anti-contact, non-offending pedophiles.” (Many so-called MAPs migrated to Twitter after Tumblr’s mass “adult content” purge last year).
This is yet another disturbing modern-day push to normalize pedophilia. Instead of taking a zero-tolerance policy towards the discussion of sexual attraction to children, Twitter has decided to give credibility to the argument that attraction to children is OK as long as it hasn’t been acted upon. Twitter has decided to make their platform a safe place for people to discreetly discuss their desire to sexually abuse children.
It’s also interesting that they decided to use the term “minors” instead of “children” when they list what is permitted. It’s the same as using the word “alcoholic” instead of the word “drunk.” It takes the edge off, removes the knee-jerk reaction, and is an attempt to remove the (rightful) “stigmatization” associated with pedophilia.
“In our professional opinions, terminating the accounts of non-offending, anti-contact MAPs is likely to result in the opposite effect of that which Twitter may expect or intend,” the signatories said in an attempt to justify these guidelines, according to LifeSiteNews. “Rather than reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse, if anything, it increases the risk that some pedophiles will be unable to obtain the peer or professional support that they may need in order to avoid offending behaviour. It is also likely to increase the stigma and isolation associated with pedophilia and thereby increase the likelihood of some MAPs acting on their sexual feelings.”
If people who are desirous of children feel shame and isolation because of these feelings, why would we want to create an environment in which they could feel comfortable with those feelings? The logic is completely flawed and dangerous.
As Vice notes, several of the accounts weren’t actually suspended until after The Sun called them out, highlighting the presence of ‘hundreds of men discussing their craving for children’ on the platform, many of whom ‘use cartoon images in their profiles — raising fears they could be used to entice vulnerable youngsters.’”
Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Cybertip Associate Executive Director, Signy Arnason, told Vice, “You’re really just risk-managing these things, but I wouldn’t risk-manage it on social platforms where children are all over the place. That’s just not the way to do it.”
We appreciate that she is pointing out the problem with allowing people to talk about sexual attraction to children while simultaneously having access to vulnerable children, however, her assessment that this is “risk-management” is really misguided.
Allowing adults to talk about their deranged desires to sexually abuse children is not managing any risk, it’s encouraging it. It’s allowing them to have a place in which they feel safe discussing it. It’s empowering them to accept it as just part of who they are and it’s encouraging them to dismiss any internal negative feelings they have towards themselves over it.
Twitter is contributing to the push to normalize pedophilia with this ridiculous, dangerous policy on the discussion of being sexually attracted to children. Just another reason to keep your children off social media.
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