MYOB! Journalists hammered for creating auto bot to correct people who say ‘illegal alien’ on Twitter

Two journalists have created a bot for Twitter that corrects people who use correct English to describe “illegal immigrants” and “illegal aliens.”

The writers from the Disney-owned Fusion Network, Patrick Hogan and Jorge Rivas, have apparently decided on their own that the use of the terms is outdated and offensive — even though they are factually correct.

“For many years, it was considered socially acceptable by some to use the term ‘illegal immigrant’ (or worse, ‘illegal alien’) to label people living in the United States without proper authorization,” wrote the Dynamic Duo of political correctness.

“But those days are over. In 2015, everyone from President Obama to actress Natalie Portman has gotten used to saying ‘undocumented immigrant’ or ‘unauthorized immigrant’ instead of the outdated and offensive phrase ‘illegal immigrant.’”

(Pause a second to wonder at the worldview of two men who think the phrase “from President Obama to actress Natalie Portman” is some kind of awesome appeal to authority.)

They go on to explain what a favor they are doing for America by creating this bot.

“In a modest effort to help America shed some of its historical baggage, we built a Twitter bot that replies to some of the people who tweet the words ‘illegal immigrant,’ letting them know that in 2015, the preferred terms are ‘undocumented immigrant’ or ‘unauthorized immigrant,” they wrote.

Oh, thanks for correcting the accurate description of people who broke the law and are not citizens.

Heck, the pair even acknowledges that the majority of Twitter users think the bot is stupid.

“So far, the reactions to the bot have been fairly negative,” they wrote.

No kidding?


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