Twitter bans Center for Immigration Studies from promoting tweets about illegal aliens

Neetu Chandak, DCNF

Twitter would not allow the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) to promote tweets for advertisement purposes about illegal aliens Tuesday, the CIS confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian called attention to the promotion ban in a tweet at 10:08 a.m. on Tuesday after CIS could not promote a tweet that included TheDCNF’s obtained video of trespassers crossing the southwest border through a rancher’s farm in a tweet on Monday at 5:53 a.m.

“Twitter just rejected paid promotion of the tweet below, saying: ‘This determination is based on the following Twitter Ads policy: Hateful Content’,” Krikorian tweeted. “It’s because it contains the phrase ‘illegal alien’, which @TwitterAdsHelp deems unacceptable.”

“1/ Twitter is not allowing us to promote any tweets including the phrase ‘illegal alien(s)’, citing it as Hateful Content,” CIS tweeted Tuesday. “However, the phrase ‘illegal aliens’ has been used in both federal law and by the Supreme Court.”

CIS claimed that three other tweets, spanning from Sept. 6 to Sept. 11, were rejected from receiving promotion, though many other tweets they had were approved, CIS said in a statement Sept. 12. The four tweets that could not get promoted, but are still on Twitter, contained the terms “alien,” “illegal alien” or “criminal alien” along with reference to law enforcement.

“Twitter advertises that the ads ‘can get you more likes, amplify your message, and get more people talking about the things that matter to you most — your cause, project, business, or brand,” CIS said in the statement. “This is exactly why the Center selected these specific tweets to be placed as ads.”

CIS is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing information on the “social, economic, environmental, security, and fiscal consequences of legal and illegal immigration,” to policymakers, academics, members of the news media and citizens, according to the organization’s website.

“We don’t have a comment. For background, our ads policies are enforced dispassionately and are detailed here for all advertisers,” Twitter said in response to a request for comment.

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