– the old Twitter Rules, 2009 – 2015The first Twitter Rules were fairly slim: 568 words, divided up under the headings of Impersonation, Privacy, Violence and Threats, Copyright, Unlawful Use, Serial Accounts, Name Squatting, Malware/Phishing, Spam, and Pornography.
With the newest change to its rules, Twitter rewrites itself and its relationship to free speech.
The golden age of Twitter's reputation stretched out into early 2013, as the Snowden leaks came rolling in. At The Verge, Motherboard managing editor Adrianne Jeffries pointed out that while Google and Facebook had been dealt a black eye by the revelation that they had collaborated with the NSA, Twitter had emerged looking clean as a whistle."Twitter's refusal to join PRISM highlighted the fact that the company has a history of being uncooperative, and often antagonistic, when the government asks for user data," Jeffries wrote then. As in other accounts, much of this could be traced back to Macgillivray. One source told her, "Macgillivray… 'doesn't give a shit' when the government comes knocking with demands and intimidation."But in the summer of 2013, everything changed.2013: The Report Abuse Button is Introduced (+103 words)From 2011 to the beginning of 2013, the Rules underwent some clipping, pruning, and light copy-editing, eventually dipping to 1,054 words.But then in July 2013, public indignation exploded as British feminists began receiving a flood of rape threats on Twitter.
"Macgillivray… 'doesn't give a shit' when the government comes knocking"