“Zio Tim” ha iniziato a fare tendenza dopo Scott, R-S.C., ha pronunciato la sua confutazione repubblicana al discorso della sessione congiunta del presidente Biden al Congresso mercoledì sera.
Twitter, dopo quasi 12 ore di tendenza della frase, 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, dicono, '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.”
“Qui, you have an overtly racist hashtag that is trending, and you have people promoting it and initially, Twitter does nothing,” Hawley told Fox News. “Infine, the outcry gets so, so overwhelming, they have to be seen to take some sort of action.”
Ha aggiunto: “It just shows, credo, the incredible double standard. It is a glaring double standard.”
Scott, chi è nero, during his GOP response, declared the United States is not a racist country while saying he had encountered racism in his life. Some of it, Egli ha detto, came from the left in the form of being called an “Uncle Tom,” a derogatory phrase for Blacks who are viewed as too deferential to Whites.
“I get called Uncle Tom, and the N-word by progressives, by liberals,” Scott said during his speech.
Dopo la sua confutazione, “Zio 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,” ha detto il portavoce a 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,” ha detto il portavoce. “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,” ha detto il portavoce.
Scott, anche se, 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 ha detto su “Hannity” giovedì notte. “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.”