On the eighth day of the first month in the Year of Our Brexit 2019, Jack excised me from the internet. Seven years, 50,000 tweets. Gone. Instant Silicon Valley Death Syndrome. Twitter killed @balinteractive. All those Twitter moments lost. Forever.
To what did I owe this sudden harsh bout of ignominy, deprived even of refreshing infamy? Ostensibly, ‘hateful conduct’. In reality, the social/climate justice keyboard warriors policing Twitternet have decided that I have spoken the truth too often, too clearly, too concisely, far too many times during my tenure on ‘their’ social media platform, that it was time to erase me completely. They just needed my final ‘offensive’ tweet as a convenient excuse to do so. So, anti-truthers, anti-democrats, corrupt politicians, activist climate scientists, loony lefties, progressives, Green blobbists etc. can breathe a sigh of relief; @balinteractive, for one, shall never more interrupt their purveyance of misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, lies, half truths, and complete and utter bullshit.
Apparently, ‘hateful conduct’ on Twitter amounts to suggesting that a certain ‘man’ should be terminated. A ‘man’ who entices two stray pups to him by seeming to be friendly and petting them, who then suddenly pulls out a knife and stabs one of those pups, returning calmly to his seat, laughing while said poor animal screams in pain and eventually dies. This is social justice on Jack’s social media platform. Such peoples’ feelings are now protected from my hurty words – but not from the hurty words of numerous others who went into far more graphic detail about what they would like to do to this particular piece of human excrement.
As I say, it was but a convenient excuse to bump off a moderately inconvenient (4500 followers is not massive, but enough to make a ripple) truth-teller whose political views and opinions on life in general were way too conservative. But it does highlight where Twitter’s moral compass is at, which must be drifting even further away from true north than the actual planet’s magnetic north right now. Alas, it does also mean I can no longer join in the climate debate in real time, where it is happening, or keep up to date with the latest news, which is a shame, but I’m sure a few characters and dodgy organisations will be somewhat pleased that is now the case. Another denier silenced on social media.
Update: Proof That Twitter Is Permanently Censoring Political ‘Undesirables’
I appealed, as suggested, against my permanent Twitter ban for suggesting that a ‘man’ should be exterminated for viciously stabbing a defenceless little dog just looking for some affection, filming it, and putting it on social media.
This was the text of my appeal:
You have permanently banned me for advising people not to watch a video of extreme animal cruelty, suggesting that the perpetrator should be exterminated. The ‘man’ involved enticed two stray pups to him by pretending to be friendly and by petting them, then he viciously stabbed one pup, leaving it screaming in agony and sat down calmly laughing, whilst it died. I had expected to watch a ‘feel good’ animal video and was unprepared to see such horror, hence my emotional outburst. I might add that other people were even more graphic about the harm they would inflict on this sad excuse for a human being. Have you banned them too? I have been on Twitter for 7 years and only very recently have you decided that my tweets violate the Twitter rules (I was suspended a few weeks ago). Now you have banned me permanently for an emotional outburst which I think you will find is very typical of any animal lover subjected to witnessing such horrifying cruelty upon a defenceless little dog. Please reinstate my account and I will control my emotive responses in future.
This was their response:
Your account has been suspended and will not be restored because it was found to be violating Twitter’s Terms of Service, specifically the Twitter Rules against hateful conduct.
It is against our rules to promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.
Additionally, if we determine that the primary purpose of an account is to incite harm towards others on the basis of these categories, that account may be suspended without prior warning.
You can learn more about our policy against hateful conduct here: https://help.twitter.com/rules-and-policies/hateful-conduct-policy.
The sharp-witted reader will note that I did not promote violence against the perpetrator of this act based upon “race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease”, but based solely upon my emotional reaction to his vile act of animal cruelty. Enough said. Twitter was looking for an excuse to ban me because of my truth-telling and political views. Any excuse. They found it.