Twitter suspends 24AheadDotCom. Who's responsible?
[8/19/14 UPDATE: THEY DID IT AGAIN, MORE LATER. I'M NOW AT @24AheadDotCom_ ]
[SEE UPDATE AFTER THE TABLE]
That campaign is more or less on hold as I've been (hopefully temporarily) suspended from Twitter (handle: 24AheadDotCom). I'm temporarily using another account: @fwd_us_is_wrong.
The charge Twitter has levied is that I was engaging in what they call "targeted abuse": none of their descriptions of that term apply to what I do. It's unclear whether this was the result of something I did tripping a Twitter automated bot, or if there was one specific person who filed a bogus report with Twitter, or if some group targeted me (no really, search for the "Twitter Gulag Defense Network"). I'm still waiting to hear back from Twitter, and this post will be updated with what they say.
If you oppose amnesty and if you want to hold politicians accountable, then help spread the word, even contacting Twitter support if you have a few minutes.
But, if you're a hack cheering this news, don't get used to it. I'll keep on doing what I've been doing and I'll do more of it. Attempts to silence me tend to backfire.
For the record, here's a table showing who I mentioned in the past week. The first column has their handle, the second column has the number of mentions in the past week, and the third column the number of times I mentioned them since around 2009. I'm not necessarily saying one of these people filed a bogus report with Twitter; the suspension could be due to an automated process. Even if one of the people did file a bogus report, it might be someone further down the list.
|Handle||Mentions last week||Mentions all time|
5/19/14 UPDATE: I received the email from Twitter announcing the suspension ("Reported Account: Abusive messages") around 7AM on 5/12/14. On 5/15/14 they sent an email telling me they'd unsuspended the account. We traded a couple of messages between then where I asked for exactly what I'd done, and Twitter replied with form letters. My last email to Twitter demanded to know the exact reason for the suspension, but they didn't reply. So, I'll take it to FAXing letters and making phone calls to try to find out.
Props go out to Patterico, Mickey Kaus, and others for speaking out against the suspension. Jesse Walker from Reason Magazine didn't so speak out, but did say it wasn't him who'd complained. From @fwd_us_is_wrong, I asked Alex Nowrasteh to speak out too, and he made an ambiguous statement ("You don't appear to be silenced.. When you are, I'll be upset. You might want to complain after real abuse happens.") and then blocked @fwd_us_is_wrong just as he has @24AheadDotCom. I asked Justin Cox of the ACLU to speak out, and he didn't reply. That doesn't mean he was responsible, but it's interesting.