I’ve been informed that my podcasting partner Stacy McCain has received a seven day suspension of his Twitter account because he engaged in “dead naming,” i.e., referring to a person presenting as the opposite sex of his or her biological sex by that person’s birth name.
Explaining Twitter Safety’s aversion to inconvenient truth might be easier if one could refer to Twitter Safety by its birth name, but the outfit’s exact origin is unclear. Cheka? Gestapo? Stasi? Savak? Miniluv? …
On 4 April, 1968, I was 20 years old. That evening, I had the news shift at WLAC, a clear channel AM station in Nashville. In 1968, it was the number one R&B station in the country. Just as my shift was beginning, Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot to death in Memphis. One of the things I learned that night was the importance of getting the facts right.
I held off commenting on the Covington Kid v. Native American story this past weekend. The initial video didn’t look good, but it also didn’t make sense to me. I waited for corroborating facts, and none appeared. In fact, the additional raw footage that surfaced has discredited the narrative spun around the original edited version. It now looks to me as if someone used the edited video to tell a lie, and that lie resulted in a social media mob rioting, trying to figuratively burn down the lives of some kids who got in the way of The Narrative.
Both morality and the facts matter.
Twitter permanently suspended my business and personal accounts in 2015 based on false allegations of targeted abuse. They restored my business account (but not my personal account) when those claims failed in court. If Twitter really desired to be a trustworthy and safe social media platform, it would suspend the accounts that engaged in targeted abuse of the Covington high school students. Based on my experience, I doubt that Twitter will do the right thing.
@jack, prove me wrong.
UPDATE 2—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has these thoughts here.
In case there is a Gentle Reader who doesn’t remember Calvin and Hobbes, Calvinball was a game whose rules changed to help Calvin whenever he was behind. Twitter’s “Rules” seem to have the same amorphous nature and opacity.BTW, Twitter is still sending me email solicitations for business services for a suspended account. I don’t view Twitter as a trustworthy business.
Here’s some more evidence that conservatives and libertarians are being subjected to target abuse on Twitter by Twitter. The Jim Treacher account (@jtLOL) is among the recent victims. According to a response received by the account owner, he was suspended for engaging in targeted abuse, and someone has bragged about filing a false complaint that resulted in the suspension. Twitter has yet to do anything to restore the account.
They probably won’t. That doesn’t seem to be how they do business. For example, Stacy McCain’s @rsmccain account was never restored. Indeed, the restoration of my @wjjhoge account was an outlier that resulted only after the related bogus peace order petition and false criminal charge filed against me were denied and dropped. It seems to take vindication in court to get Twitter to act honestly.
The @wjjhoge account is the account associated with this blog. My personal account and a second business account remain suspended, but Twitter still sends me solicitations for advertising and other services for that suspended business account. I haven’t taken them up on any of their offers. I don’t view Twitter as a trustworthy company.
UPDATE—I’m am pleasantly surprised to have been wrong. Twitter has unsuspended the @jtLOL account.
Glenn Reynolds joins Milo, Stacy McCain, and me (while my business account was restored, my personal account is still suspended as a result of false accusations from Brett Kimberlin).
UPDATE—If the Gentle Reader looks at the “Posted in” categories below, he will see “Main Stream Social Media.” I believe that this in now a proper description of outfits such as Facebook and Twitter. They have now become a part of (if not the leading edge of) the Main Stream Media. While their business model is still based on getting content for free from users, they have now taken the decision that content that does not fit their preferred narratives is expendable.