Craig Harper Ph.D: Twitter Wrongly Enforces Its Own Rule on Child Protection…

Date: September 22, 2020

01) Twitter Wrongly Enforces Its Own Rule on Child Protection

“Social media site bans support group despite no breach of the rules.

Around two years ago, social media giant Twitter amended its terms of service to make an explicit allowance for the discussion of sexual attractions towards children, provided that such discussion does not seek to increase the incidence of child sexual abuse, or encourage people to commit sexual offenses against children.

This change to the terms of service followed months of debate about the presence of individuals with a sexual attraction to children — or “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs) — openly stating their attraction patterns and ages of attraction on the platform. I was a signatory of a letter, initiated by the child protection organization Prostasia Foundation, alongside other experts on the prevention of child sexual abuse and sexual offending more generally, who called for such a change to Twitter rules, as the current best thinking in the field is that having a place online to connect to other MAPs reduces loneliness and social isolation, and therefore reduces the temptation to use the internet to act out on such sexual attractions.

Recently, however, Twitter has started to enact some strange decisions in spite of the change to their terms of service.

In perhaps the most high-profile of these, over the weekend of September 19, 2020, the @MAPSupportClub account was suspended without any explanation from the platform. MAP Support Club is an online forum for people who are attracted to children to discuss the issues that they face in relation to their sexual attractions.”

Being a MAP with a Twitter account over ten years old, I can share a few thoughts. Fellow MAPs can take them, or ignore them, but I’ve been on this treadmill for a large portion of my life, and been through the censorship many times…I’ve remained remarkably stable for about 8 years.

Things I Do:

Maintain a proper blog, focused on a very wide range of topics.

Interact with a wide range of communities.

Comment on social issues, and talk about typical things going on in my own life.

Share things I have created.

Support and promote initiatives outside of the MAP community, which I genuinely believe in.

Share news and research.

Be my true self.

Things I Don’t Do:

Get rude with people.

Publicly advocate for anything that could get my account suspended.

Interact with people who are clearly trying to get me suspended [it’s best to block those].

Anything illegal.

I Also Tend To:

Report a lot of abuse on this platform.

Report anything illegal on this platform.

I seem to have garnered not only a relatively stable, uncommonly large following for being a MAP…but some degree of grace and tolerance, on this platform.

What I am doing, seems to have worked for me.


4 thoughts on “Craig Harper Ph.D: Twitter Wrongly Enforces Its Own Rule on Child Protection…

  1. Yure

    “I seem to have garnered not only a relatively stable, uncommonly large following for being a MAP…but some degree of grace and tolerance, on this platform.”

    Could you elaborate on this, Stevie?

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      Sure…I’ve currently got 1,562 followers [it’s always remained roughly half of my own follows]…and several times, I’ve directly criticized the establishment, sometimes condemning it…I’ve called it out on it’s research and social practices…I’ve spent years participating in MAP discussions and hashtags…I’ve been in a large number of exchanges with hostile people, including many who tried to strum up a mob to report me…I’ve expressed a number of ideas, many times over, where if saying those things was the only thing I ever did on the platform, I’m confident my account would have been long gone by now.

      Most MAP accounts only have fellow MAPs as followers…Their accounts are typically dedicated to MAP content, so you don’t really see much diversity. When they get reported, it’s often for being exchanges with hostile people…and when the moderator checks out their channel, all they see is MAP content.

      If they explicitly say something the moderator does not like…well…I think they’re somewhat more vulnerable to having action taken against them.

      1. Yure

        Yes, I also noticed the danger of being only MAP-focused. And the advantage of having diversity. Seeing that it works for you makes me also think I’m on the right path.

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