Popular social media platform Twitter has started censoring searches for “marijuana” and “cannabis”, despite searches for “opioids” showing up just fine.
“Without warning, Twitter recently instituted a “sensitive content” filter that is automatically turned on for all users, and the settings to disable it are hidden”, states a Change.org petition, started by Marijuana Majority. “As a result, queries for topics that Twitter has designated “sensitive” yield zero results on the search tab for latest tweets.”
The petition notes that “More than half the states in the U.S. now allow medical cannabis, and a growing number of states are adopting full legalization. There is even now a federal law on the books protecting states with medical marijuana laws.” With this in mind; “Censoring marijuana-related searches prevents serious people from communicating about one of the most prominent policy issues of our time.”
The petition, which is addressed to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, can be found by clicking here.