Twitter says it removed a search for "bisexual" in photos and news in error

Sarah Buhr
Twitter has followed up its move to double the character limit of tweets to 280 by increasing the length of a username to 50 characters.

Quite afewpeople were upset upon discovering Twitter had blocked the search for the word "bisexual" in photos and news earlier today. However, Twitter has now says the removal of search results for certain terms were "an error."


Removal of a term labeling one's sexuality could be seen as a form of discrimination and purposely disallowing people to search for related items such as images and news articles about this term would be horrifying.

While we don't yet know how this happened, some aren't convinced this was an accident.


Twitter now tells TechCrunch "teams are working quickly to resolve" and that it will share more "as we have it." We've checked and as of this writing it seems the problem persists.

It should also be noted that the removal only seems to affect the label of sexuality. However, other possibly offensive words (depending on how they are used, i.e. in a historical context) like "Hitler," or "Nazi" were not removed, as tweeter Grady Brooch pointed out.


In other news, Twitter still has that pesky Russian bot problem for its engineering team to tackle as well, though we haven't heard how that one will be resolved as of yet -- or if it will anytime soon.