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Virtual Legality Episode 65

First YouTube, Now Twitter?! A Lawyer Reads the New "Rules"

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In the wake of the Carlos Maza/Steven Crowder YouTube controversy, Twitter has decided to "refresh" its own rules, ostensibly streamlining them to fit in 280 characters or less.

But like YouTube, Twitter's reduction in top-line rule language has opened up a whole new world of ambiguities.

What do the current top-line rules say, and how does Twitter use much longer white paper style "policies" to alter and confuse their meaning?

How does the company use the structure of "nested" and ancillary terms on separate pages to further create ambiguity?

How does that ambiguity increase rather than reduce Twitter's ability to take action against users on a purely discretionary basis?

And why should Twitter, YouTube, and the rest of the tech giants be especially careful now that the government has taken an interest in their operations?

Our rules? Still clear. It's time for Virtual Legality.

#Twitter #Rules #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"Rules should be easy to understand."
Twitter Safety Tweet - June 6, 2019
(https://twitter.com/TwitterSafety/status/1136664382161727491)

"Making our rules easier to understand"
Twitter Blog Post - June 7, 2019
(https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2019/rules-refresh.html)

"The Twitter Rules"
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/twitter-rules)

"Violent threats policy"
Twitter Rules - Updated March 2019
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/violent-threats-glorification)

"Glorification of violence policy"
Twitter Rules - Updated March 2019
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/glorification-of-violence)

"Abusive behavior"
Twitter Rules
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/abusive-behavior)

"Platform manipulation and spam policy"
Twitter Rules - Updated March 2019
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/platform-manipulation)

"Election integrity policy"
Twitter Rules - Updated April 2019
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/election-integrity-policy)

"Our approach to policy development and enforcement philosophy"
Twitter Rules
(https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/enforcement-philosophy)

REFERENCED:

"Carlos Maza, Steven Crowder, and Arbitrary YouTube "Guidelines": A Lawyer's View (VL64)"
(https://youtu.be/nuxEtUEkx_Q)

"Virtual Legality #50 - On the Tyranny of "Guidelines": A PlayStation Story (Hoeg Law)"
(https://youtu.be/-ZPlpI1WeTQ)


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4)

iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-510342404)

Google Play Music:
(https://play.google.com/music/listen#/ps/In3d7qersx72lvzehxo7gu6cd5u)


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/

On "Help Us Out Hoeg!" a regular segment on the Easy Allies Podcast (formerly GameTrailers)

(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZrxXp1reP8E353rZsB3jaA)

About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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