Twitter is being criticised for blocking the bisexual hashtag from its searches
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Users discovered that Twitter blocked all photos, videos and news tweeted under the hashtags #bisexual and #bisexuality.
Twitter has been accused of bi-erasure after their search engine bought up no results for #bisexual or #bisexuality.
— BiPrideUK (@BiPrideUK) 5 November 2017
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) 5 November 2017The search results for 'lesbian' also appeared to be limited with no photos showing. Campaigner Kate Harrad of The Bisexual Index said: "Bisexuals have historically been hypersexualised and associated with porn and promiscuity,” Kate Harrad says. “Every bi activist knows the problems of trying to search for bi content on the web - some public wifi systems block it altogether, even when it's nothing to do with sex, because bisexual is seen as a dodgy word in itself. “This is why Twitter needs to be very sensitive to any filtering that reduces access to bi content, and very aware of the problem of bisexual erasure."
— Lauren Ingram (@laureningram) 5 November 2017Bisexual activist Lewis Oakley wrote in Pink News that there were no bisexual spaces in media technologies: “There are no mainstream bisexual magazines for us to discuss our issues in. There are no bisexual venues for us to meet one another and discuss our issues. “There are no bisexual apps to connects us and despite being one of the most prominent bi activists I still haven’t been in a room with ten other bisexuals my age.” Twitter HQ apologised for the mishap and tweeted that they had "identified an error" and were resolving the issue.
We’ve identified an error with search results for certain terms. We apologize for this. We’re working quickly to resolve & will update soon.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) 5 November 2017