Allah Nazar Baloch brags about past attacks in a tweet while Twitter keeps an ambiguous silence

  • Is Twitter violating its own 'Violence and Hate Speech Policy' by keeping quiet about accounts linked to terrorists?

With internet accessible to masses the question of digital safety is on rise. In the digital world, anyone can say anything to anyone, thus, different applications developed their own set of rules to ensure the digital safety of the users, with the monitoring from government institutes.

Talking about the digital safety in an online world, Twitter took some serious steps to develop its hateful conduct policy. After Twitter updated its hateful conduct policy in 2014, many shared their enthusiasm and called the policy pretty sane. Some bloggers conducted experiments to check the effectiveness of new terms and the result was altogether pleasing for the users.

According to the policy against violence and physical harm, Twitter will suspend or delete your account if you make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death or disease of an individual or group of people. Twitter will also take actions against your account if you threaten or promote terrorism.

Twitter’s policy against violence and physical harm

As good as it may sound, Twitter’s failing to remove accounts which boast threats.

A terrorist hailing from Balochistan, Allah Nazar Baloch is making serious threats on Twitter, while confessing to his past crimes, but no action has been taken against him by the tech giant.

The leader of Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an organization classified as a terrorist outlet by Government of Pakistan, Allah Nazar Baloch took to Twitter to call Sarfraz Bhugti an SSG puppet:

Baloch called Baluchistan a “guerilla heaven” and pointed towards the barbaric Awaran attack carried out by him in 2013:

 

Allah Nazar, in his tweets, called Sarfraz Bugti names, which is a clear violation of Twitter’s hate speech policy:

Baloch’s didn’t just call names but vowed to hold people, who got his wife’s confession, accountable:

It’s unclear why despite the clear violations of violence and hate speech Twitter hasn’t suspended the account of a terrorist.

This isn’t the first time Twitter’s policies raise suspicions. In September 2017, Donald Trump tweeted against North Korea and despite getting complaints Twitter didn’t take any action, however, gave a lousy explanation:

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Urooj Tarar

Urooj Tarar

Urooj Tarar is Sub-Editor at Daily Pakistan Global