• What if a #MAGA Guy Ate Twitter’s Face?

    August 8, 2018

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    Posted in: Democracy




    More than a few people have cited the exchange above as justification for my forever trip down the Memory Hole, my ban from Twitter. I used to be there as @wemeantwell.

    My bad zombie joke about #MAGA, or anything else I wrote that was flippant, is not writing I’m proud of. But ask yourself if indeed what I was doing, in the words of Twitter’s auto-response to me, “harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence someone else’s voice,” or if I was just being rude and childish. Ask yourself if whatever I did means you can never read anything I’ve written on Twitter over the past seven years, if it means I should never be allowed to write there again.

    Does it justify censorship?

    Before you say yes, keep in mind that Twitter allows you to block me, mute me, never see me again. That’s your decision, and good for you, and good riddance to me. But censorship takes that decision out of your hands, and allows Twitter to make it on behalf of literally the entire planet.

    Though the “he called me human garbage first” excuse is pretty weak, it is useful to show the context of my allegedly game-changing Tweet. I think anyone who has dipped into the sticky waters of Twitter, or lived as an adult on earth, has heard much worse. I think also my line about a MAGA guy eating someone’s face can be seen by reasonable people as a rhetorical slap, not a literal invitation to zombie attack.

    Think of it like people saying “Go kiss my ass!,” or “F*ck yourself.” I don’t think in those instances anyone expects you to contort and smooch the buttocks or to perform a unilateral sex act. There’s a difference between saying “Go jump in a lake” to end an argument and an invitation to go swimming.

    But corporate censorship needs only the finest of hooks. Twitter is happy to allow calls for white genocide by New York Times editorial board member @SarahJeong, “understanding” they are not literal, while being shocked — Shocked! — to see me invoke a scene from Fear the Walking Dead.

    And anyone who thinks I was banned for simply being rude on Twitter does not understand much about the point of censorship.



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    • Rich Bauer said...

      1

      To Big to Ban in a world run by the oligarchs

      Twitter, which values money over free speech, is always going to favor the big guy over the peons. That is why our lunatic presidense can use Twitter to threaten millions of lives and a racist Jones can defame thousands with his lies.

      Dorsey, the supreme birdbrain, can tweet his pretzel logic that big lies are important like this:

      “Jones’ rants can often – often?- sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.”

      So instead of taking responsibility for misinformation spread on his own platform, Dorsey is saying that it’s journalists’ responsibility to refute the dangerous garbage he and his company are giving a voice to.

      What he is really saying is –The rest of you peons aren’t worth anything to me.

      08/8/18 8:55 PM | Comment Link

    • Vonu said...

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      Treason is defined in the Constitution at Article 3, Section 3, as consisting “only in levying War against (the United States), or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
      All members of the American military take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; (and to) bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
      When the military is committed to foreign actions without a declaration of war by Congress, as required by Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 11 of the Constitution, that is a violation of the Constitution, arguably the action of domestic enemies.
      When a member of the military participates in an unconstitutional foreign military deployment, s/he violates both the Constitution and his/her oath to “support and defend” it, giving “aid and comfort” to it’s “domestic enemies,” committing treason by the definition given by the Constitution.

      08/9/18 5:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Tansey said...

      3

      It was just yesterday I was wondering where you were regarding Twitter b/c I so enjoy your use of the English language. You’re a great read.

      Let me know if there is anything I can do via my website. Happy to post links to work exposing social media’s censorship of irritant voices to the Establishment. I will provide links over at my site to the two vids above and VIPS memo of support over at Consortium News.

      08/11/18 9:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

      4

      The MAGA face rip exaggeration was a joke, not a threat. Only the birdbrains at Twitter would not know the difference.

      Speaking of MAGA birdbrains, the only thing Trump never exaggerated was the Puerto Rico death toll.

      08/11/18 9:55 AM | Comment Link

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