Social Media

Twitter Can Only Lose When It Polices Abuse

A network especially vigilant for slights against liberal groups will alienate conservatives, and probably shrink.

If fewer conservatives tweet, Twitter's business model suffers.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Less than a year ago, in those innocent, dewy-eyed days before Donald Trump had become the front-runner for the Republican nomination, I wrote about an issue that seemed important at the time: Twitter’s harassment problem. Specifically, I wrote about how difficult it was going to be for Twitter to get a handle on its trolls without alienating portions of the user base.

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