My thanks to the hundreds of Twitter supporters who tweeted in protest of the company blocking my account for the past five days. My special thanks to Ali Abunimah, who contacted the Twitter’s media team inquiring about my situation. This morning the company restored my account and I’m back in business. Ali sprang me from Twitter jail! This proves what I’ve claimed all along: that decisions like suspensions are mostly based on automated settings. If a certain number of users flag your account it will be suspended no matter what content you published. In other words, it has little or nothing to do with the actual content. I’ll bet if 1,000 users reported a Twitter account for a picture of a ham sandwich it would be suspended.
Once suspended the only means to remove the suspension (short of enduring the entire “sentence”) is if you are a celebrity or well-known public figure who can muster a viral campaign; or if the media gets interested. Once that happens Twitter will take the course of least resistance and relent, unless there is a significant down-side in doing so (i.e. Alex Jones, for example).
I’m very grateful to Ali for his solidarity in this matter.
Now back to raising hell and showing these pro-Israel goons to be what they are. Funny, some people are touchy about such language. At the r/Israel_Palestine subreddit, one of the pro-Israel mods deleted my post about this experience because the word “goon” was deemed ‘uncivil.’ Funny how calling settlers who kill Palestinians (or justify their killing) by their proper name is not permitted in “polite society,” while criticism of the acts themselves is censored.
But how else would you describe this?