This blog will observe a 24 hour period of Twitter silence beginning at 6 am this morning in protest to Twitter’s arbitrary suspension of Stacy McCain’s @rsmccain and @SexTroubleBook accounts.

When Stacy was being stalked and harassed by the likes of Barrett Brown (who wound up in Federal prison for his antics), Twitter did nothing to protect Stacy. Stacy has not abused anyone via Twitter. He certainly has not engaged in targeted abuse as Twitter claims. But he has been suspended anyway—pour encourager les autres. It seems that they want to encourage the conservative and libertarian riffraff to simply be quiet and be an audience for sponsored tweets. That may not be a wise business plan.

Trust and Safety? Bullshit! Based on my experience, I find Twitter is untrustworthy to do business with and an unsafe environment for free speech.

10 thoughts on “#FreeStacy

  1. Twitter is a private company, they decided that the safety of their customers is their function, that the content of people like Barrett and Bill is their responsibility

    Ahem, 1,203,614 lawyers just took note

  2. Heh. The slaughter continues … I tried to log into Twitter this morning and my account is gone, POOF! I intended to delete my account tomorrow but they pre-empted me! So I have moved on to both Quitter.se (even though they hate conservatives) where my handle is @FrPaulLemmen and freezepeach.xyz where my handle is @frpauhllemmen. Please come join me and follow my accounts, I’ll follow back!

  3. In my view, people consistently make an erroneous assumption and an erroneous legal conclusion: that Twitter’s foremost goal is to make money for investors, and that it’s a “private company” and can do what it likes.

    Twitter, like many other companies such as Facebook, puts its “social justice” agenda, i.e., silencing dissenting voices, FIRST. Follow actions, not words, because that tells you what the real goal is. This agenda takes precedence over everything else, including making money. Just ask Yahoo and Intel. Yes, legally, their duty is to put the interests of shareholders first, but that is the ideal and no the reality. These people are not conservatives; progressivism is their religion.

    Twitter is also a publicly traded corporation, and not “private.” As such, it is governed by hundreds of thousands of regulations. Even if it were just a private mom and pop operation, our legal system holds PRIVATE actors to standards that originally applied only to public actors. Consequently, companies cannot discriminate against other parties based on a plethora of issues, including but not limited to religion, sex, and gender orientation. In the case of Stacy, it could be argued that they are discriminating against him on the basis of all three.

    As far as silencing certain political views IN AN ELECTION YEAR, if I used Twitter and had been censored or suspended for political speech, I would file an FEC complaint, as well as one with the FCC.

    Finally, basic tort and contract principles govern. If Twitter sets itself out to be a means by which you can advertise and grow your business, and you rely upon that only to have the rug pulled out from under you, you could argue that they have damaged your business.

    If I am thinking these things, rest assured that others who are savvier and those with great legal minds are thinking the same and have been for a long time. Twitter is dying.

  4. I’ve never really used twitter. I think I registered an account once.

    My “boycott” will continue, I suppose.

  5. Pingback: Cut. Jib. Newsletter. | Twitter, hamfistedness and the marketplace of ideas.

  6. He’s right about them being (my words) terrible frauds protecting self-interest more than ideas, and protecting their little niche with silencing or force because reason is too hard and they can’t compete.

  7. As a neo-Luddite, I never really got into social media.

    But the last couple days, I found my Twitter account and I’m having some fun going through political “trending” hashtags, and finding and reporting disrespectful left-wing tweets.

Leave a Reply