Should Conservatives Use the Nuclear Option to Get Twitter Gulag Closed?
As my twitter account (@eyedesertblog) languishes in Twitter Gulag, it has given me the opportunity to think about why it was created. Twitter Gulag is basically a place where conservatives and libertarians on Twitter get sent for a variety of reasons. It’s mainly been done by a group of liberals who are exposing a flaw in Twitter’s system regarding reporting spam: the system is run by a computer. Because of this, the computer can’t distinguish whether the spam report is legitimate or malicious. It then leaves it up to the Twitter user to file a complaint with Twitter to get the problem solved. Of course, this takes time and patience that some people, myself included, don’t always have. My twitter account was suspended late Thursday and, as of Saturday afternoon, has yet to be returned.
The first well known Twitter Gulag member was Chris Loesch, who was sent there for defending his wife, Dana, a St. Louis-based talk show host and CNN contributor. Since then, users like Leah from Misfit Politics, Orwell Force, GlockandPearls and JJumpForJoy have seen their accounts sent to Twitter Gulag. It normally takes several days to get out of Twitter Gulag, however some people have been there for over a week.
One thing that’s obvious regarding Twitter Gulag is that users are purposely being singling out. Leah created a backup twitter account shortly after her original account was suspended. The backup account was almost immediately suspended. The same happened to me. My backup account (@eyeamdesert) was squashed after a fellow conservative on Twitter said, “I thought that was you!”
To put it plainly, this is suppression. A small, but loud group of liberals obviously wants to keep conservatives and libertarians quiet. Maybe I know too many thoughtful, substantive liberals but I doubt Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are telling the Twitter Gulag “wardens” to specifically go after people. Michelle Malkin and Liberty Chick like to point out union thuggery, but I don’t see how they benefit either. It would be easier for them to go after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker or Rush Limbaugh. They’re the “big boys.”
So what should conservatives and libertarians on Twitter do regarding Twitter Gulag? Greg Allmain over at “The Trenches” has a very interesting article, suggesting it might be time to do what liberals have been doing to us in hopes of reaching a solution.
From Allmain (emphasis mine):
This tactic has been employed for a fair amount of time now, with a large segment of the #tcot community providing constant complaint to Twitter about it. And so far, nothing appears to be happening. We can adjust our habits, but I’d rather not. This is an attack meant to discourage people from freely associating with those they want to, and there can be no doubt that it is, indeed, an attack on free speech…But, seeing as how Twitter’s liberal bias is pretty well confirmed, perhaps if fire was fought with fire here, and a bunch of butthurt Lefty’s start complaining to Twitter about this particular exploit, something might actually happen.
I’m not sure I agree with Allmain’s conclusions, even if they make sense. The Twitter War has been compared to the Cold War, where both the US and USSR stared at each other down with nuclear weapons. The threat of launching a nuke had a weird tenuous balance on the globe where everyone just waited to see what would happened. While it might be easy to go with the nuclear option, I’ve always thought it was rather unbecoming of the right to do this.
A British general in World War I once said using poison gas was ” a cowardly form of warfare which does not commend itself to me or other English soldiers…we cannot win this war unless we kill or incapacitate more of our enemies than they do of us, and if this can only be done by our copying the enemy in his choice of weapons, we must not refuse to do so.” Or, as a friend of mind puts it, “Playing games and stooping to stupid is stupid.”
Now the Allies in World War I ended up developing their own form of poison gas and in World War II bombed German cities in hopes of lowering morale. I’m just not sure the “nuclear option” is something we should do. Nor should conservatives and libertarians develop their own form of Twitter to avoid the Twitter Gulag. In that situation, those wanting to silence us win.
We may just have to “grin and bear” and create hashtags demanding freedom, while lobbying Twitter to fix the rules.
After all, the easy way isn’t always the “right way.”
ADDENDUM: It should go without saying if someone is legitimately breaking the Twitter rules regarding spamming, then they should be reported. But doing what this group of liberals seem keen on doing, I’m not sure is the right move.
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