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Report: Twitter no longer uses the Southern Poverty Law Center to police hate speech on the site


The SPLC is currently mired in scandals

Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Twitter has apparently severed its relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which the social media site previously partnered with to police hate speech, The Daily Caller reported.

The SPLC has been dealing with several significant scandals in recent months, including the firing of co-founder Morris Dees for unspecified misconduct and allegations of racial bias and harassment within the organization.

What happened? The SPLC was listed by Twitter as a "safety partner" to fight "hateful conduct and harassment" on the social media site. However, an anonymous Twitter source told The Daily Caller that Twitter quietly ended that collaboration.

"The SPLC is not a member of Twitter's Trust and Safety Council or a partner the company has worked with recently," the source said.

What about other major tech companies? The Daily Caller reached out to Facebook, Amazon and Google to ask about the status of those companies' relationships with the SPLC, but has not received clear responses from them. All three of those companies partnered with the SPLC in some capacity in recent years.

What's wrong with the SPLC? Despite it's notoriety within the social justice and media contexts, the SPLC has developed a reputation for classifying Christian organizations as hate groups no different than neo-Nazi or white supremacist groups.

And, while the SPLC purports to fight for justice in public, the SPLC has been revealed to harbor a culture of harassment, racial bias, and hostile work conditions, according to some current and former employees.

After firing co-founder Dees, the SPLC announced that it would hire a firm to conduct an audit of the organization's operating procedures and culture.

Internal emails from SPLC workers point out "problems — which employees said spanned from sexual harassment to gender- and race-based discrimination" that appear to be "systemic and widespread."

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