Going after a TV personality has resulted in a Twitter suspension.
This last one, I accused Chuck Todd of covering for Roy Blunt. The words “access whore” were used (100% accurate, Chuck Todd IS an access whore–he refuses to ask hard questions of many [most] political figures, in order to keep interview access to them).
This, according to Twitter, is classified as Hate Speech.
It is, of course, nothing of the kind.
Why Hate Speech? Is it attacking Chuckles on the basis of ethnicity, or sexuality or gender identity? No, it’s none of those things. Attacking him for being a sex worker? Get serious, “access whore” is not about sexuality at all. It’s about “selling out” for continued interview access to political figures. Essential for a network interview program, yes? Access whore is Chuck’s damned job.
Disparaging his ethics? Yes indeed. Are television figures protected from public ridicule on Twitter?
It’s a truthful statement about a very public figure who happens to lean Right in words and deeds, despite the supposed “neutrality” of Meet the Press.
But someone(s) are using the report post button as a weapon, and Twitter is absolutely cooperating with them.
It doesn’t do any good to appeal, Twitter takes their sweet sweet time processing suspension appeals. So most people remove the offending post(s). A traffic ticket–you can plead guilty and start driving again, or you can wait six months for your day in Court.
But review each of my “offenses” and you’ll see that they’re ALL marginal judgement calls on the part of some overzealous twitter enforcer.
I’m annoyed. There doesn’t appear to be any way to withdraw my original plea and wait for my day in court.