Former Twitter exec Yoel Roth asked if teens could ‘meaningfully consent to sex’ with teachers in 2010

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Former head of Twitter Trust and Safety Yoel Roth, who quit Twitter in early November and was complicit in censorship of conservative voices on the site, tweeted out a link in 2010 to a Salon article titled “Student-teacher sex: When is it OK?” 

Jack Posobiec tweeted, “If only there had been some warning signs about Yoel Roth,” and posted a screenshot of a 2010 tweet where Roth asked, “Can high school students ever meaningfully consent to sex with their teachers?”

The Salon piece documents the story of a High School choir teacher, Matthew Hirschfelder,  who had sex with a student. According to Salon, “Things get messier when looking at cases like Hirschfelder’s. If we draw the line at high school graduation, as opposed to at a student’s 18th birthday, it means that a teacher having sex with a 20-year-old high school student could be outlawed.”  

The Post Millennial reported about Twitter’s child pornography problem in 2020, and how prolific sharing of sexual images of minors had become on the social media site. When Elon Musk bought Twitter, he said it was “Priority #1” to eliminate child porn on the platform and worked to erase the hashtags users were exploiting to help spread the images.

Roth quit soon after.

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