As the situation continues to devolve for the Southern Poverty Law Center, more bad news continues to plague the organization as even the left-leaning social media network Twitter has now abandoned the SPLC and no longer relies on it to tell the network what is and isn’t acceptable.
According to the Daily Caller, Twitter is one of the few big tech companies to divorce itself from the SPLC, and did so over the fact that it ignores racial harassment while taking in donor dollars:
Twitter appears to be one of the only big tech companies in Silicon Valley to completely divorce itself from the SPLC, an Alabama-based group that got slammed in March following reports it takes donors’ money while ignoring racial harassment. Facebook has not responded to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s repeated requests for comment about its affiliation with the SPLC.
“The SPLC is not a member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council or a partner the company has worked with recently,” a source within Twitter told TheDCNF on the condition of anonymity. The company listed the SPLC as a “safety partner” working to combat “hateful conduct and harassment,” according to a June 2018 DCNF report.
Twitter also included the Trust and Safety Council, which “provides input on our safety products, policies, and programs,” the company’s policy page noted at the time. Twitter’s page no longer includes SPLC as a member helping to govern certain types of conduct. Facebook’s involvement with the group was apparently more intimate.
The Daily Caller has reported that the SPLC is still working with Facebook and Amazon, and Google utilized the organization to assist in ruling on who and what to censor on YouTube last year.
The SPLC has found itself in hot water after utilizing its often looked-to platform by the left to label nearly anyone who disagrees with them as a “hate group.” This ended with Quilliam Foundation founder Maajid Nawaz winning a lawsuit against the group for labeling him, a Muslim reformist, as an anti-Muslim extremist.
After that occurred, many began bringing lawsuits against the SPLC.