Twitter labeled a conservative commentator “far-right,” and now the social media site’s chief executive is apologizing for it.
This week, Candace Owens, the communications director for the conservative student group Turning Point USA, was described as “far-right” in a Twitter Moment. When Owens saw the descriptor, she immediately called attention to it:
Far right? Allow me to clarify: I believe the black community can do it without hand-outs. I believe the Democrats have strapped us to our past to prevent us from our futures. And I won’t stop fighting until all black Americans see that.
I’m not far right—I’m free. pic.twitter.com/wtqCuYPtM2
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) April 21, 2018
The Twitter Moment — and Owens’ subsequent objection — came after rapper Kanye West defended the conservative talker. West’s defense of Owens was followed by a series of pro-Trump tweets that irked the left.
After seven days and more than 30,000 retweets, Dorsey reached out to Owens to apologize for the way his site described her. He even thanked Owens for “calling out” the issue:
Hi Candace. I want to apologize for our labeling you “far right.” Team completed a full review of how this was published and why we corrected far too late (12 hrs after). There was a clear break in our curation process and understanding, and we’re fixing. Thanks for calling out.