(Thursday, April 30, 2015, 4:00pm ET):
Twitter Permanently Suspends My Gulag Account As Well, Threatens to Suspend All of My Other Twitter Accounts
On Saturday, April 25, 2015, I submitted my appeal to Twitter regarding the suspension of my gulag account, @JoshSmithInJail, which read as follows:
My account has been suspended. I have not violated any of the Twitter Rules or Terms of Service. Please restore it.
(See also http://joshsmith.xyz/twitter-gulagd-my-gulag-account-and-now-im-fighting-back.)
On Thursday, April 29, 2015, I received the following e-mail response from Twitter:
On Monday, April 20, 2015, my main Twitter account, @ThisIsJoshSmith, was suspended. This is approximately the seventh time this has happened.
Conservatives call this being sent to the “Twitter Gulag,” because it is almost always the result of liberals maliciously abusing Twitter’s spam/abuse reporting algorithms to silence opinions different than their own.
Since the first time this happened to me (back in February 2014), I have kept a separate “gulag account,” @JoshSmithInJail, for just such occasions:
I would use this account until Twitter processed my suspension appeal, figured out I’d done nothing wrong, and restored my main account.1Usually this would occur quickly (within 24 hours), but more recently had taken nearly two weeks. On the most recent occasion, they stated in this e-mail to me that the suspension would be permanent, and that @ThisIsJoshSmith would not be restored:
Today, when I woke up and went to check my @JoshSmithInJail account, I discovered that it, too, had been suspended.
The purpose of this post is for you to be able to see for yourselves every single tweet from my gulag account between April 20, 2015 (when I was forced to resume using it) and April 25, 2015 (when it was suspended). This should make it eminently clear that Twitter is not a place where freedom of speech is welcome or safe, and that its abuse reporting systems (whether automated or human) are unable to properly discern what is “abusive” and in violation of the Twitter Rules and/or Terms of Service.
This is my entire timeline for the time period April 20, 2015 through April 25, 2015. Note that Twitter displays tweets in reverse chronological order (i.e., most recent at the top).
Note: This was originally a 578 x 264,330 pixel .png image. For various technical reasons, an image of those (length) dimensions will not load on any mobile device, nor on most desktop web browsers; thus, what you see above is actually 118 consecutive slices of that image. If you wish to verify that no tweets have been omitted, you can download the original, full-size .png image (approximately 20 megabytes) here (right-click and select “save link as”).
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|1.||↑||Usually this would occur quickly (within 24 hours), but more recently had taken nearly two weeks. On the most recent occasion, they stated in this e-mail to me that the suspension would be permanent, and that @ThisIsJoshSmith would not be restored:|