So this is a strange way to come back to blogging. But I will freely admit that I have violated a social media law committed a faux pas if you will to wit I used the term “learn to code”.
Now if you’re a Twitter newbie or eschew social media entirely, and bravo if you do, then you’re probably unaware of Twitter’s obscure rules that they use to define who gets to say what.
So it was interesting to see this in my morning email:
Your account, @keachfan has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules.
Please note that repeated violations may lead to a permanent suspension of your account. Proceed to Twitter now to fix the issue with your account.
As I pondered what I might of posted and I freely admit that I can be a bit of a gadfly at times, I couldn’t imagine that the little circle of Reformed Tweeters that I stalk could have sent me to Twitter Purgatory.
Obviously the only way to find out was to click on the link provided and see what the offending post was which I did. And it turns out that it wasn’t the Reformed Tweeters rather it was a comment I posted on a Ben Shapiro tweet. That’s right I posted: “Or learn to code.” Now I halfway remembered this article from the daily caller: Twitter Restricts People Who Tweet Learn To Code but I thought me, they are going to block an obscure anonymous Twitter account? And the answer was you betcha! Twitter informed me that I was to be shut off from all posting for two weeks and that the most I could do was DM or I could delete the tweet. I thought about it and deleted the tweet. Well that wasn’t the end not at all I still had to stay in Twitter Purgatory for twelve hours to teach me a lesson.
So friends what lesson did I learn? Well it was a reminder that Twitter isn’t a place where you can say anything, no they reserve the right to restrict your speech (tweets) for any reason they want make no mistake even if I was using “learn to code” to some young person wanting to transition from one job to another I would have been convicted of harassment under their rules. And there is no telling what other phrase might become forbidden because they decide what is right or wrong based on a strictly subjective standard.
So keep in mind if your weltanschauung isn’t what Twitter has decided is in its best interests then locking, shadow banning, even deleting your account is all within their purview. They control the horizontal, they control the vertical, you don’t.