“Tío tim” comenzó a ser tendencia después de Scott, R-S.C., pronunció su refutación republicana al discurso de la sesión conjunta del presidente Biden ante el Congreso el miércoles por la noche.
Gorjeo, después de casi 12 horas de la frase tendencia, eventually blocked the topic.
But Hawley, R-Mo., slammed the social media giant’s response.
“With that particular slogan, which is racist and grotesque, and it is meant to be racist and meant to be disgusting, and the people who are promoting it on Twitter know that,” Hawley told Fox News. “If it’s racism they attribute to other people, they say, ‘oh, this is the right, and they’re using offensive speech,’ they want to take it down immediately and want to lock out the people who are doing it, and that’s just speech they don’t like.”
“Aquí, you have an overtly racist hashtag that is trending, and you have people promoting it and initially, Twitter does nothing,” Hawley told Fox News. “Finalmente, the outcry gets so, so overwhelming, they have to be seen to take some sort of action.”
Él agregó: “It just shows, creo, the incredible double standard. It is a glaring double standard.”
Scott, quien es negro, during his GOP response, declaró que Estados Unidos no es un país racista y dijo que se había enfrentado al racismo en su vida. Algo de eso, él dijo, vino de la izquierda en la forma de ser llamado un “Tío Tom,” una frase despectiva para los negros que son vistos como demasiado deferentes con los blancos.
“I get called Uncle Tom, and the N-word by progressives, by liberals,” Scott said during his speech.
Después de su refutación, “Tío tim” appeared on Twitter’s trending topics as more and more tweets relayed the racially charged play on his name.
A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday morning the company was “blocking the phrase… from appearing in Trends.”
“This is in line with our policies on Trends,” the spokesperson told Fox News, noting that the company wants Trends “to promote healthy conversations on Twitter.”
“This means that at times, we may not allow or may temporarily prevent content from appearing in Trends until more context is available,” el portavoz dijo. “This includes Trends that violate The Twitter Rules.”
Twitter explained to Fox News that Trends were “determined by an algorithm and, by default, are tailored for you based on who you follow, your interests, and your location.”
“This algorithm identifies topics that are popular now, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter,” el portavoz dijo.
Scott, aunque, was not satisfied with the company’s response.
“It is really disheartening to see the left’s response and frankly, even Twitter’s response to racism and racial slurs,” Scott dijo en “Hannity” Thursday night. “If it comes from the left, it must be okay, according to Twitter’s response—12 hours later.”
When asked why it took so long to block a phrase that violated its policies, Twitter declined to expand on its statement.
“What the left wants, and what Twitter wants is to control speech they don’t like, every if it is not actually offensive,” Hawley told Fox News on Friday. “And anything that is actually offensive, that is against someone on the right, they’re happy to let it go on, without any sort of pushback at all.”
He emphasized: “It is a glaring, glaring double standard.”