The notoriously capricious and unclear way in which Twitter’s Terms of Service appear to be enforced has finally landed the tech giant in some legal hot water.

Though the company has been purging and censoring high-profile conservatives for a long time now for merely expressing their opinions — including, most infamously former president Donald Trump himself —Twitter appears much more lenient on the subject of child pornography.

Twitter Refuses to Remove Child Porn

A 17-year-old male from California — called “John Doe” to protect his identity — filed a lawsuit against Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 20 when he found that pornographic images of himself from when he was only 13 or 14 years old had been posted to the website.

Upon finding these images, Doe asked Twitter on three separate occasions to remove them. On all three occasions, Twitter responded to him that they had reviewed the content in question but could not find any violations of its policies therein.

The Backstory

According to a report by the National File, Doe’s lawsuit states that when he was 13 or 14, a sex trafficker pretending to be a 16-year-old female classmate of his persuaded him to share nude photographs of himself. After Doe sent the material, he was blackmailed into sending even more nude photos. He was told that if he refused to do this, the material he had already sent would be shown to his parents, his pastor and other acquaintances.

Fearful, he initially complied but was later able to block the traffickers.

However, in 2019, he discovered that the photographs he had sent had been posted to Twitter.

Posting, sharing and even possessing sexually explicit images of children is illegal. Furthermore, Twitter’s own User Agreement says the following with respect to children:

“Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted, provided they don’t promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way.”

Twitter’s refusal to remove the images clearly appears to violate that stated policy.

It is Orwellian and bizarre, but also extremely telling, that Big Tech is more willing to grant free speech protections to child pornographers and pedophiles than it is to Trump supporters.