John Sexton has a post over at Hot Air about how Twitter has restored Jesse Kelley’s account, claiming that the ban was temporary. Of course, the message they sent him when his account was shut down specifically said that the ban was permanent and that no appeal was possible.
I doubt that Twitter was lying when they banned Kelley. They probably intended the ban to be permanent, but they weren’t able to get away with it. Most of the time, Twitter can ban an account without any consequences. However, in Kelley’s case potential consequences not only existed but also may have been seen as too great to confront. A Senator and a Senator-elect took interest at a time when questions were being asked about the possibility that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had committed perjury before a congressional committee. Those facts could have provided reason enough for Twitter to want to make the controversy go away.
Such a scenario squares with my personal experience. I was permanently banned with no possibility of appeal from Twitter in 2015 as a result of false accusations of “targeted abuse.” When the related court cases were resolved in my favor and the possibility of civil liability arose, Twitter decided that my business account could be restored. They still won’t restore my personal account.
The Gentle Reader can review the facts and make up his own mind.
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Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.
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UPDATE—Baldilocks has some thoughts on holding Twitter’s feet to fire over at Da Tech Guy Blog.