A top Twitter executive says that it is “no longer possible to stand up for all speech,” admitting what the platform’s users knew all along.

The company that once boasted that it was the “free speech wing of the free speech party” says that it can no longer defend the ideals it once stood for, breaking its promise to remain an open platform for free expression.

Twitter Getty ImagesThe executive’s statement is in apparent contradiction to the company’s “fight to defend the open Internet” against the repeal of Net Neutrality, which it claims will curb free expression.

Appearing alongside policy executives from Facebook and Google, Twitter’s vice president for public policy and communications Sinead McSweeney explained to British politicians on Tuesday why it was so hate speech and extremist content remain prevalent across their social networks.

For three hours into the inquiry on online hate speech, McSweeney acknowledged the platform’s historical support for free speech, and why it is being changed.

“I look back over last 5 and a half years, and the answers I would have given to some of these questions five years ago were very different…

/Despite claiming to tackle abuse, Twitter has contained its enforcement efforts to the conservative side of the political spectrum, deverifying users like anti-Islam British activist Tommy Robinson, and suspending MILO…

Also published on Fenixx.org

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