Twitter is now shooting down ads that use the term “illegal alien” because it’s offensive to some people.
Twitter just rejected paid promotion of the tweet below, saying: "This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hateful Content". It's because it contains the phrase "illegal alien", which @TwitterAdsHelp deems unacceptable. https://t.co/1X7aDSLmo5— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) September 11, 2018
More from the Daily Caller:
Twitter would not allow the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) to promote tweets for advertisement purposes about illegal aliens Tuesday, the CIS confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian called attention to the promotion ban in a tweet at 10:08 a.m. on Tuesday after CIS could not promote a tweet that included TheDCNF’s obtained video of trespassers crossing the southwest border through a rancher’s farm in a tweet on Monday at 5:53 a.m.
CIS claimed that three other tweets, spanning from Sept. 6 to Sept. 11, were rejected from receiving promotion, though many other tweets they had were approved, CIS said in a statement Sept. 12. The four tweets that could not get promoted, but are still on Twitter, contained the terms “alien,” “illegal alien” or “criminal alien” along with reference to law enforcement.
“Twitter advertises that the ads ‘can get you more likes, amplify your message, and get more people talking about the things that matter to you most — your cause, project, business, or brand,” CIS said in the statement. “This is exactly why the Center selected these specific tweets to be placed as ads.”
I find this pretty ridiculous. Banning words is not how you win a political debate, and this is what incites people to seek out rash and extreme remedies to being shut out of the political conversation. Not letting people use the term “illegal alien” certainly doesn’t help convince anyone that we should open our borders to anyone – it just kinda pisses us off that you’re doing it, Twitter.