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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.