The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a Washington-based non-profit promoting reduced immigration to the US, has been denied the opportunity to promote one of its tweets after it was flagged.
CIS executive director Mark Krikorian tweeted Tuesday that the social networking service had rejected paid promotion of a tweet after it was inexplicably tagged as "Hateful
Twitter just rejected paid promotion of the tweet below, saying: "This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hateful Content". It's because it contains the phrase "illegal alien", which @TwitterAdsHelp deems unacceptable. https://t.co/1X7aDSLmo5
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) September 11, 2018
Later, the think tank put out a series of tweets criticizing the company's decision, and providing multiple examples showing that the phrase "illegal aliens" is a perfectly acceptable term in US legal practice.
1/ Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase "illegal alien(s)", citing it as Hateful Content. However, the phrase "illegal aliens" has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.
— Center for Immigration Studies (@CIS_org) September 11, 2018
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