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Here’s the latest update on the social media censors, who’ve been very busy today following the trail of breadcrumbs offered them by the Israeli military censor. I woke up this morning to find out that I was banned from both my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Because I reposted to my Facebook account the same Gaza IDF commando image which you see here (right), I was punished with a 24 hour suspension. During this time, I cannot post anything to my account, though it is accessible to other users. Though there is a means of appealing when Facebook disables your account. There does not appear to be a way to appeal when they suspend your account. I wrote a protest to the Facebook press office, but it’s had no impact.
Twitter notified me as well this morning that my account was locked for posting the tweet I display here. Rather than censor myself and delete the tweet, which would enable me to regain access to my account, I filed an appeal of the decision. The account remained locked down. I also protested to the Twitter press team. A few hours later, my account was unlocked and I regained access. No word from anyone about why.
But three hours ago, I received another notice that my account had been locked (the second time in a single day). The “offending” tweet (left) contained the same content as the tweet which originally caused my account to be locked. I again refused to self-censor and appealed. But I notice that unlike last time, Twitter itself removed the tweet and it is no longer accessible on my account.
I have no idea what’s going on and why such erratic decisions were made regarding my case. If you are brave and willing to risk disciplinary measures, I urge you to RT or repost this content on both Facebook and Twitter. They can’t censor us all.
My free speech alternate Twitter account is @richards105. You may post either to this account or my locked account (it’s not locked to you), @richards1052. You may also post to my Facebook account. As I cannot post to either of these two accounts, I ask you to post this to your own social media accounts so the damage of censoring me is mitigated.
Fast Lane says
What’s the difference between what Facebook and Twitter do to you, and what you do to commenters when you moderate and ban their comments on Tikkun Olam?
Richard Silverstein says
@ Fast Lane: Unlike Facebook and Twitter, I have rules which I actually follow regarding commenters.
Also, I have a relatively small publishing operation. They have a billion dollar social media enterprise used by half the globe. You do see the difference, don’t you? They are, or should be a public utility. I run a personal blog/publishing platform.
Also, unlike Facebook and Twitter, you may read and comment on my posts freely (if you follow the rules). You don’t need to register. You don’t need to have an account. I don’t use your information in any way or monetize it as they do.
Other than that, we’re exactly the same!!
How do you call a person who repeats the same action again and again but expects a different outcome?
Richard Silverstein says
@ Jen: When it comes to reporting major news stories about the Israeli national security state, it’s called journalism.
If you attempt to publish such snark again, you will either be moderated or banned outright.
[comment deleted: “so long, it’s been good to know ‘ya.”]