Over the past four days, some Twitter users have been noticing something strange: a flurry of tweets that appear to depict a young person removing their underwear.
“Get a rope & hang yourself.” The tweets are wildly, flagrantly hateful. The kind of offensive language, in fact, that Twitter just developed an algorithm to detect. Yet Twitter is getting paid to publish them, pushing abusive speech to a wide audience.
Late last month, Twitter made an obvious choice by putting ads from companies we follow into our feeds. Good! Now they've taken it one step further by allowing ads from brands we don't follow to slip through. Not so good?