Twitter removes Kanye West tweet sharing Forbes editor’s personal info
Twitter removed a post from Kanye West on Wednesday that shared personal information through a Forbes editor. Even so, the tweet was long enough to garner around 17,000 retweets.
West, the rapper who sometimes seems to post a stream of consciousness on Twitter, called Forbes’ chief content officer a white supremacist and shared his phone number in violation of Twitter’s guidelines. As a result, the social media site removed the tweet and left the note “This tweet is no longer available” in its place.
However, according to Business Insider, Twitter left the post in place for about 30 minutes before it was found to be in violation of the guidelines. Forbes editor Randall Lane, mentioned in the post, wrote about West in early July after a lengthy interview that covered everything from West’s presidential election to West.
A Twitter spokesman confirmed the removal of the tweet for sharing private information however, declined to provide information about the timeline for removing the tweet. A Forbes spokesperson said everyone at Forbes expresses empathy for West. West did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Twitter’s move made West the second presidential candidate – after President Donald J. Trump – to hit a post for violating the social network’s guidelines. In June, Twitter removed a video released by Trump on a copyright complaint for the first time after the tweet was marked as “compromised media”. Then in July it removed a picture and aabout copyright complaints. Other Trump tweets have been classified as misleading or contain manipulated media, including as recently as Wednesday.
West has long been one of the loudest users of Twitter and has conveyed thoughts to his 30.9 million followers. Hebut soon returned to the platforms. Earlier this year he spoke about his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and in July said he was running for president. He took the move too late to be elected in some states and is seen as far-reaching compared to President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
In the meantime, Twitter and other social media are struggling to figure out how to prevent misinformation on their websites, especially when it comes to people like President Trump. Misinformation on social media is nothing new. Russian agents attempted to influence the 2016 US presidential election with divisive tweets and Facebook posts. Message board chatters on “Pizzagate,” a conspiracy theory that falsely accused Hillary Clinton and others of running a children’s sex ring in a restaurant, resulted in gunfire in Washington, DC. Hoaxes, often disguised as legitimate messages, have spread widely and quickly thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as 4chan, 8kun, and other anonymous message boards.
However, social media’s inability to contain the explosion of misinformation is growing urgent as the novel coronavirus pandemic ravages the globe, black citizens demand better use of justice in the US, and the country slips into the November 3rd presidential election prepared. The role of Twitter and Facebook in spreading news in real time without verification makes them particularly vulnerable to tampering.