In the past few days, netizens discovered that the term “loli” can be seen in Twitter trends (especially if anime accounts are followed or interacted with), however, When you go in to find out why the term is trending, nothing appears!
That’s right, Twitter has blocked the term within its search engine, so users won’t be able to run searches that include terms like “loli“, “a lark“, or any other similar term or hashtag. «This search is invalid. another attempt», writes the popular social network when trying to find content of this kind.
Of course, “loli” not only refers to erotic content, but it can also be an expression with a minor character or what it seems to be. For example, an artist who makes a cute illustration of Kanna from Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon You have to tag it with the hashtag “#loli“, that fans will find her soon.
But why the term trend? This gave evidence that Twitter has only blocked the search, but still allows content with this label to be published. The term is viral not only because users are checking the search in question, but also because of a post from the Twitter account “Lolicon Defense Task Force (@Official_LDTF)“, who reported this phenomenon for the first time within the social network.
- BREAKING NEWS: Twitter has banned all search results for #loli and #lolicon. Goodbye to content freedom. All content deemed to be of this genre will likely be purged and banned from Twitter in the coming days, weeks and months.
- As soon as the news stories claimed that Twitter had allowed “child sexual abuse” content to surface, we knew exactly what they were talking about, and it wasn’t child pornography. So we knew what was coming soon and we waited. We didn’t have to wait long.
- Needless to say, under US law lolis is not considered child pornography nor is it illegal unless it is considered obscene. Legally, true pornography is considered obscene, but just like lolis, no one is interested in prosecuting anyone unless they have been previously convicted.
- So consider this a warning to all the artists out there: #ロリ(Loli) is not allowed on Twitter under Elon Musk and will be heavily policed by his moderation team, as evidenced by the loli/lolicon hashtags on the list black. Now it’s just a question of how long it will take to clean up all the stuff.
Quite a dramatic reaction, right? This account appears to be from an association that seeks to protect artists and publications in this controversial genre. However, he later posted an update confirming that the search ban was more automated than decided by the social network’s moderation team. That is to say, neither the loli illustration artists nor their publications are in danger, at the moment.
- Update: There are no plans to purge loli performers from Twitter and the decision to black out the tags was a software decision, not an administrative one. But this does not change the fact that he is not a free speech absolutist as he claims if he refuses to allow hashtags to remain uncensored.
The post caught the attention of the general public and inspired the well-known comments about lolis and people who like this kind of expression, so it is already worth sharing. As for the “software decision”, it was probably due to the many reports made about publications that had some sensitive content using these terms.