@grondamorin’s Twitter’s “Permanent Suspension” Woes

Hey friends! Our dear friend Gronda has been issued a lifetime ban by Twitter! For being honest. Just like the rest of us. Think we can get something going to remind Twitter that WE are the customers? Heck, if they can let some of the politicians like McCarthy on Twitter, surely a 72-year-old grandmother should have a voice!

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On June 22, 2022, I as @grondamorin was responding to a tweet, when I was surprised by the following Twitter notice:

Your account is permanently suspended

After careful review, we determined your account broke the Twitter Rules. Your account is permanently in read-only mode, which means you can’t Tweet, Retweet, or Like content. You won’t be able to create new accounts. If you think we got this wrong, you can submit an appeal.

On June 22, 2022, I did file an appeal with Twitter. Here’s some of what I wrote:

I’m a 72-year-old news junky who enjoys using my Twitter account. I have less than 2,000 followers and I follow less than 1000 folks, but my tweet impressions have ranged anywhere from 300,000 to 1M. As an ex-Republican Party member until 2016, I’m pretty moderate in my views.

Based on my memory, I was responding to a @DrAmyCarson…

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22 thoughts on “@grondamorin’s Twitter’s “Permanent Suspension” Woes

  1. Hello Jill. She was criticizing the Republican rising star DeathSantis and his Covid / vaccine response. DeathSantis and his thugs do not tolerate him being insulted, mocked, or even disagreed with. That is the future of all people in the US if these rabid right fascists are not defeated and removed from office. Hugs

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    • Oh … I must’ve missed that one! Ho ho … so Twitter defends ol’ DeSantis, eh? Hmmmm … I’ll just have to see what I can do ’bout that! Much as I’ve criticized the former guy, I’ve yet to earn a lifetime ban! You’re right … freedom of expression will only be for those whose views are “the right ones” if this continues. Hugs

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  2. I’ve had two Twitter accounts suspended (one of which had never been used to tweet, but only for reading the tweets of others) for unspecified violations. The problem is they, like every other platform, simply point to their rules page, but never specify which rule has been violated. I’ve had similar experiences with Pinterest, and Youtube. No idea what I did wrong. Nothing came of any follow up by me. Except for one Twitter account, where they gave a qualified apology admitting that their algorithm made a “mistake”, but implying that my behaviour was “Spam-like”.

    As for the other accounts, they were used for the gentle promotion of cultural diversity, religious diversity, neurodiversity and gender diversity. Perhaps my “crime” was that I didn’t permit hate speech by those who opposed diversity nor by those who expressed hatred of those who held opposing views. At the very least, these platforms should specify the rule(s) broken, how, and point to the item(s) that broke the rule(s). Transparency is important, and regardless of whether censure is decided by a human or algorithm, the censured person should be provided with enough information to understand why.

    So far, WordPress is the only platform where I have never been censured to some extent by the platform itself, although the same cannot be said of a few of its subscribers 🙂

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    • I have gotten a few 3-day suspensions, and one that lasted a week, but in every case I did understand it, for mostly I had called somebody a b*tch or something similar. What I learned from it is to substitute one letter with a symbol … problem solved! I don’t understand Gronda’s permanent ban, though, for she is far gentler than I am in what she says. Do you still have any Twitter account, or did you decide not to bother?

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      • I retain one Twitter account that I use to update clients on the rare occasions that the networks hosting my servers go offline (I run a small internet hosting business). It has one or two tweets per year.

        I tend not to use “offensive” or insulting language because I’ve never figured out when it’s “appropriate” and when it’s not. And as I have alexithymia, I am in no position to use emotive words either. I try to be polite at all times.

        Being an undiagnosed autistic for 60 years, one learns from experience how being described with derogatory language diminishes/demolishes self worth, so I never deliberately use such language. Nevertheless I have still had suspensions.

        I closed most social media accounts in the wake of the Christchurch Mosque attacks as a form of protest. There’s a few accounts that remain suspended so I can’t actually close those.

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    • Thanks, Scott! I can see them banning someone for life if that person is making threats of violence or something equally heinous, but Gronda’s like me … outspoken and opinionated, yes, but she has a respect for others and would never threaten … heck, she doesn’t even cuss!

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    • I think you’re probably right, for she’s a lot like me … outspoken, but she never curses or makes any sort of threats of violence. If anybody doesn’t like what she says, all they have to do is block her, for Pete’s sake! Sigh.

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