University Settlement discontinues usage of Twitter

University Settlement is discontinuing usage of its Twitter account, effective immediately.

Over the last several weeks, we’ve carefully observed as Twitter’s new ownership has steered the platform in a new and troubling direction, including by reinstating users who had been suspended for inciting violence and for hate speech, and by suspending its policies against COVID-19 misinformation.

We don’t feel that Twitter is today a safe place for all of our neighbors to interact with University Settlement, and so we’re leaving, for now.

At its best, social media can still be a place where communities can form and important conversations can take place democratically; a place where powerful messages can transcend a person or organization’s background or status. Content moderation that ensures that all people are able to participate in social media conversations without being subject to harassment is a vital to the healthy functioning of our digital public square.

We’re deeply troubled that a public communications resource as central as as Twitter – one which many elected officials utilize as an official channel for communicating with constituents, to name one of its significant public values – could be privatized and effectively neutralized with so little regulatory oversight.

We invite our community to follow University Settlement’s official channels on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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