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Twitter owner Elon Musk revealed Sunday why the @LibsOfTikTok account had been throttled in recent weeks, saying an automated system had detected nudity in some media the account had posted.
The @LibsOfTikTok account, run by author and activist Chaya Raichik, tagged Elon Musk Sunday in a tweet airing concerns that her account had been shadow banned, meaning, in part, that people who search for the account are unable to find it.
"Hi @elonmusk, these are just some of the messages I received in the past week. I’ve been shadowbanned for weeks now. Is there a reason why accounts are still getting throttled like this in Twitter 2.0?" she asked.
The post included screenshots from several people alerting her to the problem.
Musk, who subscribes to @LibsOfTikTok's content, responded a few hours later, both acknowledging and addressing the issue.
It was the titillating details on what caused the issue in the first place that quickly set Twitter abuzz.
Twitter apparently runs some sort of automated mechanism that detects nudity. That mechanism detected nudity in some of @LibsOfTikTok's media, specifically, media covering a Pride parade.
The term Musk used to describe the nudity detection mechanism was "d**k pic bot."
"Your account was labeled as NSFW by our d**k pic bot on 6/26, because you posted media with nudity from Pride parades," Musk tweeted. "NSFW" means "not safe for work."
"Corrective action is to label the individual posts as NSFW, rather than the whole account. Should be fixed now," he also said.
The @LibsOfTikTok account thanked Musk for fixing the issue and included a screenshot showing she was no longer shadow banned.
"Twitter. has a d**k pic bot," Raichik posted later from her personal account, including a crying laughing face emoji.
It was not clear which specific media triggered the detection mechanism and subsequent shadow banning. Multiple Pride parades during the month of June featured unclothed or scantily-clothed people, as TheBlaze reported.
Rose Montoya, a 27-year-old transgender person, cupped surgically-created breasts on the White House lawn after meeting President Biden during a Pride celebration party on June 10.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the shameful behavior, calling it "simply unacceptable," and added that the individuals who engaged in the inappropriate behavior would not be invited back, CNN reported.
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