The question-and-answer session of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, was neat and clean in terms of tweets. It turns out that Twitter staff quietly filtered them to remove offensive language from the platform.
Sources also claim that the social giant took the same steps when dating celebrity Caitlyn Jenner.
Two teams were deployed to filter the offensive language. One team used an algorithm to filter out the messages, where the other team manually deleted messages that somehow weren’t caught and managed to slip through.
The information was revealed by a senior Twitter employee at the #AskPOTUS event in May 2015, and the idea was floated by then-CEO Dick Costolo.
The higher-level members of the platform were not informed about the steps taken to filter offensive expressions during live sessions.
However, a similar filter was also used in 2014 to block anti-Semitic slurs tweeted by British MP Luciana Berger, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Twitter’s move has recently been suggested as an example of a “double standard” that favors high-profile users. A few months ago, the social giant even banned the account of longtime troll Milo Yiannopoulos.
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