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Blitter is being hailed as the new ‘Black Twitter’

An app very similar to Twitter launched with a firm anti-hate policy.

 

Brianna Stone

IRL

Published Oct 10, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 2:44 pm CDT

A new Black-owned social network app is being called the new “Black Twitter” because of its firm anti-hate policy.

Blitter launched Thursday on the iTunes app store, touting that it does not condone racism, sexism, harassment, bots, or hate speech. Instead, the app description says it is built on love, passion, and empathy.

Blitter users are able to post statuses with up to 120 characters, photos, standard videos up to 15 seconds long, and “Vine-like” videos with start and stop capabilities. Users can also like posts, leave comments, use hashtags, and chat privately or in group messages.

“Any posts or comments displaying racism, sexism, or hate speech will result in account deletion,” the Blitter app description says.

Some Twitter users were excited about the anti-hate policies of Blitter and encouraged others to support the app since it is Black-owned.

https://twitter.com/JButton052018/status/917182436009791490

https://twitter.com/Bella_Brownie1/status/916879250959097857

https://twitter.com/jessicas_island/status/916466866624835584

https://twitter.com/HBCU_Roundtable/status/916354642287779840

https://twitter.com/isthatkdubb/status/916408334462406657

https://twitter.com/xo_cnt/status/917420817725706243

https://twitter.com/_MyDMsBroke/status/917874875464904705

Others were less than thrilled about the nearly identical app and decided to stick to Twitter.

https://twitter.com/MrGoodBeard_/status/917292531834081280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmic.com%2Farticles%2F185075%2Fblitter-theres-finally-an-app-where-black-twitter-can-escape-online-harassment

https://twitter.com/jayysnoww/status/917478909440069634

https://twitter.com/GeekGucci/status/916680822664638466

Some users even said Blitter is a racist app.

https://twitter.com/Hayk055/status/917370003372105730

https://twitter.com/HillarySoros/status/917216746024644614

https://twitter.com/domiashaa/status/917520131768619011

Many Twitter users assumed Blitter was a blend of “Black” and “Twitter,” but the app said it was named after a circuit.

https://twitter.com/GetOnBlitter/status/917193343691558912

This was the second app in the iTunes store released by developer Patrick Francis. His first app, “Trending Topix,” was also a social networking app. As of Tuesday evening, Blitter was No. 20 on the iTunes chart for free social networking apps.

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*First Published: Oct 10, 2017, 7:13 pm CDT