This was totally expected
I must confess when Stacy was first banned I presumed it was the act of some overzealous twitter intern over the weekend that would be reversed once pressure was applied.
But It’s been 48 and despite Streisand Effect like attention Twitter has now banned Stacy’s book promotion account after it drew several thousand followers very quickly.
I talked to Stacy Last night (more details tomorrow) and we noted that Twitter’s actions in an election year reminded us of other leftist business like Salon or the endeavors of Tina Brown which habitually hemorrhaged money for their investors but served the purpose of reinforcing the memes of the left in culture meaning that the lost was not so much a financial hardship but an investment in the culture wars.
I submit and suggest that this is what is going on here. Stacy McCain is the test case and with a candidate even worse that John Kerry at the top of the ticket you will see Twitter acting decisively to suppress conservative opinions on their platform and by the time election day rolls around you will see things that will make his banning look like a kiss in the cheek.
Stacy McCain is the test case. Folks it’s time to choose sides
Update: OK I must admit I didn’t expect this:
Because what we really need in this world is a junior star chamber wannabe.
Just got off the phone with Stacy and he read me this email from Twitter:
You’re account was suspended because it was found to be violating the Twitter Rules…specifically our rules around participating in targeted abuse.
You’re account will not be restored.
Now It seems to me that if this is the case they should be able to produce screen caps of said abuse to back up this statement. I’m sure we’d all be delighted to see them.
Or perhaps they are as imaginary as the infamous claims of abuse during the Obamacare debate that oddly no microphone or camera managed to pick up.
Update 2: Twitchy notices and the Fedealist says this:
You get the same impression when Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey proclaims that “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.”
Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety. https://t.co/PbEoM1lCyb
— Jack (@jack) February 9, 2016
No, actually, “freedom of expression” starts with “freedom.” It’s right there at the beginning of the phrase. But by recasting it as an issue of “safety,” Twitter de-emphasizes the “freedom” part and sets up a rationale to limit or ban its users in the name of protecting others.
And so we see, less than two weeks later, a particularly sharp-elbowed and combative critic of feminism getting his account suspended.
and ends with this classic line
Follow Robert on Twitter, until they kick him off.
Hey Dishonorable people gotta act dishonorable.
What we have here is nothing less than a new and highly attractive form of illiberalism—an illiberal liberalism, if you will. Intolerance is championed in the name of tolerance, closed-mindedness in the name of open-mindedness, and hatred in the name of compassion. It’s classic double-think, and the deception is precisely the danger. Americans don’t expect liberals to be authoritarian wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are not prepared to be on guard all the time because liberals are supposed to be the good guys—the guardians of freedom of speech and the like.
As the saying goes: Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it tries to silence good.
Update 4: PJ media notices something
In truth, we’ve only heard from one side in this dispute. And if someone knows of a liberal figure who has had their account suspended, I’d certainly like to hear it.
But after searching on Google for several minutes, I couldn’t find a single complaint from a liberal who had their account killed. Considering the viciousness and abuse of liberal trolls that’s at least as bad as some conservatives, it would be reasonable to conclude that Twitter is being extremely subjective and partisan in defining “abuse.”
What’s the word UNEXPECTEDLY
Update 5: Stacy posts the email and asks the obvious questions
Well, what is “targeted abuse,” what constitutes “participating” in this behavior, and what are the “rules around” it? Where is the evidence that I have been “violating the Twitter Rules”? Who was “targeted”? What was the nature of the “abuse”? Questions like this multiply, you see, if we can be permitted to ask questions of the arbiters of “Twitter Rules,” but that’s just it: No questions allowed!
This morning, again without explanation, the @SexTroubleBook account — which I created last year to promote my book — was suspended.
Feminism is evil. But you knew that, right?
Update 6: Actor Adam Baldwin spoke in favor of Stacy
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 22, 2016
Now his twitter account appears to have been wiped of all tweets but that one.
Update 7: Batteswarm
Actor Adam Baldwin’s verified account appears to have been “shadowbanned” (i.e., his account has not been suspended, but none of his Tweets, except the one he has pinned at top, appear are visible to other users.
Discussion of the current problem and how to fix it. Including “Dismantle the kangaroo court” and “Fire CEO Jack Dorsey.” “The ‘Trust and Safety Council’ was Dorsey’s brainchild, and he’s the one who chose to give it over to political hacks with an axe to grind. In other words, while Twitter’s user base has been leveling off and its share price has been going down in flames, he’s been busy hatching a scheme to drive away even more of its users.” (Hat tip: Stephen Green at Instapundit.)
Conservative writer John Podhoretz’ blue “verified” check-mark on Twitter was breifly removed over the weekend, then restored.
It appears more and more that Twitter’s “Trust and Safety Council” should be more properly named “Anita Sarkeesian’s Committee To Ban People Who Say Mean Things About Her.”
Author John Wright:
I do not use Twitter, so it is nothing to me that they have decreed themselves to be an arm of the Democrat Party, and vowed to use all their powers in an election year to belittle, harass, silence, and smother any conservative voices in the public arena.
But please keep in mind. The virulent strain of Political Correctness known as Social Justice Warfare, Fifth Wave Feminism, or Intersectionalism, also known as Morlockery, is hatred, pure and simple.
It is directionless, destructive, and omnivorous. They are not in favor of anything, they just hate you.
Why such creatures are tolerated among civilized men for even an instant is beyond understanding.
and Ace takes a stand
— The Scandalous DJT (@AceofSpadesHQ) February 22, 2016
Update 8: Larry Correia too
I’m done with Twitter. I’ll use this account to post blog links and book ads, but discussion isn’t worth it if it’s going to disappear.
— Larry Correia (@monsterhunter45) February 22, 2016
I can’t tell what is going on with Twitter’s disappearing tweets. Whatever it is, it’s not worth it. It was fun while it lasted. I’m out.
— Larry Correia (@monsterhunter45) February 22, 2016
Un freaking believable
Update 9: Instalanche and a quesiton: If Stacy, Baldwin and Correia were liberals would there be any other story in the MSM today?
Update 10: Not a big fan of Anonymous still (via Redstate)…
GhostSec, a counterterrorism group within the Anonymous collective, which battles ISIS online, issued the following statement:
“Anyone who supports free speech should support Stacy McCain. Censorship has been used throughout history by tyrants and oppressors. McCain simply criticized someone. If this is what led to his suspension, then Twitter’s feet need to be held to the fire until the actions against Yiannopoulos and McCain are reversed.
This is not a partisan issue. You either support free speech or you don’t. If you want free speech for yourself, you have to support free speech for others–including those with whom you disagree.
Quite frankly, anyone who has a meltdown over a difference of opinion is probably better suited to spending their time in a daycare center than on a social media platform through which the exchange of ideas takes place.
GhostSec does not target hateful speech because as unpleasant as it may be, it is still free speech. GhostSec targets illegal speech — threats, propaganda and recruitment attempts by terrorists and their supporters.”
Immediately following the addition of Twitter’s new council, several members of Anonymous, who work on thwarting ISIS online (#OpISIS), also had their Twitter accounts suspended. Many of these Twitter users had been very vocal in their criticism of Twitter’s lax policy in addressing terrorist activity.
Free speech can use all the allies it can get
Update 11: Now Chris Loesch suddenly gone too? I’m told he’s on “hiatus” I don’t know what that means, surely if he choose to stop tweeting his account would still exist.
I’m told he decided to go completely off line and take time off, I guess we can’t blame this one on twitter.
Update 12: Adam Baldwin has left Twitter in Protest
Baldwin, who currently stars in the TNT hit show ‘The Last Ship,’ tells Independent Journal Review that Twitter’s new policy of punishing users for speech it finds “offensive” is the reason for his departure from the social platform:
“It’s really a shame that so-called ‘liberal thinkers’ and the so called ‘tolerant crowd’ is intolerant of varying viewpoints. They’re so afraid to hear people disagree with them. Instead of ignoring it or providing their own arguments in return, they say “shut up!”
“I’ve had enough. Twitter is dead to me,” Baldwin tells us, “I’m going to find greener pastures elsewhere and I’m not coming back.”
Me I’m staying until they boot me, why make it easier for them to get rid of conservatives?
Of course there isn’t a shred of truth to this perception, but for the people spreading it, the truth is irrelevant. The tweets, blogs and videos are designed to incite rage and enlist more people to join the crusade against me. They are designed to make me out as a powerful enemy of free speech who is determined to crush the expression of any idea she doesn’t agree with, and they conveniently support the perception some have created that I am not a feminist pop culture critic but rather some kind of diabolical supervillain, hell-bent on creating an oppressive society.
This conspiracy and others like it are themselves a manifestation of misogyny, borne out of a deep distrust and hatred of women.
Object to our actions and that’s proof you MUST be a misogynist.
If you told me this would be twitter a week ago I wouldn’t have believed you.
Gotta love the left’s love for free speech.
Update 15: Stacy is not on twitter but there are ways around this to wit…
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) February 23, 2016
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