As some of you may know, I was suspended from Twitter on New Years Day. I was taken aback because I really like Twitter as a platform and I’ve built up a good following of like-minded individuals, and it’s a really good place to promote my comic book work. I read their email and they gave no specific reason for my suspension, except that they accused me of violating their policies against “hateful conduct”. (Only the immoral would conclude that hating jihadists is “hateful conduct”?
So I wrote Twitter and asked them to present their specific reasons for my suspension, and for them to cite any tweets of mine that they claim are “hateful”. They wrote back, completely ignoring my requests, and let me know that my suspension was final and that my account would not be restored. I wrote them again, reitering what I wrote, and they replied in the same way. I was pissed off at this point, and I’m tired of being defamed for things I’m not. So I wrote them a third time, this time ending with a threat that I would take this to court if they don’t present me with Specific reasons for my suspension, and if they didn’t cite particular tweets of mine that they consider “hateful conduct.” Then I discovered that a Twitter account by the name of @mark_melbin was celebrating on Twitter about my ouster. (I was locked out of Twitter, but I could still observe the goings on.) He couldn’t resist celebrating and gave himself away. So I posted about it on Facebook, with screenshots, and my social media friends took him to task and asked him what exact tweets of mine he reported. Like Twitter, he avoided the details and said it was now in Twitters hands, but lectured me about abiding by Twitter rules, knowing I couldn’t reply.
Then a day after my third challenge to Twitter, I open up twitter and I’m presented with a page that tells me my account has been “locked”. Not suspended, but “locked”. I was given an option to delete a reply of mine from November in order to get my account unlocked. This was news to me, as for days I was told I was suspended and that my account would not be restored. My tweet was a reply to a Twitter user, likely from someone who suggested that religions are equally violent. My tweet reply was: “@NyaDnart1 There are degrees. Muslims who follow in Mohammad’s footsteps mass murder. Christians who follow in Jesus’s footsteps?” Is this the tweet that got me suspended, even though they refused to present any tweet of mine? Or were they now fishing for one, to try to legitimize my suspension, after the fact? I don’t know. But I didn’t think much of deleting that response and did so. I would write them about it, and try to get to the bottom of this. But then I got an email from Twitter, I don’t know if this email came first or that unlock option, but it read:
We’ve unsuspended your account; sorry for the inconvenience. Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follow and following numbers to return to normal.
Twitter has automated systems that find and remove multiple automated spam accounts in bulk. Unfortunately, it looks like your account got caught up in one of these spam groups by mistake.
Please do not respond to this email as replies will not be monitored.
And I don’t buy it at all. The account that reported me showed screenshots of this Mark Melbin’s exchange with Twitter, where Twitter said that they investigated his claims and concluded that my tweets where considered “hateful conduct”. The only thing I can say is that it’s a very precarious place to be when Leftists are in charge of these matters, particularly when non-leftists are involved.
I ended up quote-tweeting the punk who tried to have me banned, in a tweet where he wrote it was a “victory” against “hate speech” that I was gone from Twitter. So I wrote,
“Victory”, he writes. LOL”
And then I blocked him, as it might hurt his chances of pulling this again.