Clear signs of coordinated right-wing campaign to try to take out prominent left-wing accounts for political purposes
The SKWAWKBOX reported earlier this evening that the Twitter account of Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza had again been suspended, only two days after Twitter reinstated her accounts and said their suspension had been a mistake.
Right-wing trolls were horrified at the failure of their attempt to take her offline.
But this evening, her main account was suspended again by Twitter – this time stating that it was because she had shared an email address without ‘authorization’. Mendoza had been asked to share the details by the email address’s owner to promote an event. The tweet was two years old.
Mendoza appealed the suspension of her access and in a bizarre response, Twitter confirmed the suspension – but quoted a completely different email address.
One owned by Kerry-Anne Mendoza herself:
This tweet was also years old, yet Twitter clearly did not carry out any checks to find out whether the editor of an IMPRESS-regulated publication had permission to share details.
But at the same time, another prominent left-wing Twitter account was also being suspended. ‘Rachael Swindon’ received a notification of a similar twelve-hour block – in her case for tweeting the publicly-available contact details of a radio phone-in show:
Her tweet was three months old and contained only the information posted by LBC for would-be callers.
It seems beyond reasonable doubt that there is a coordinated campaign to take left-wing Twitter accounts offline – presumably by right-wingers horrified when their attempts earlier this week failed – and that in this instance there has been a trawling of old tweets to find any containing email addresses.
Twitter has reacted to these without even the most basic checks. The social media giant does not seem to have an aversion to people posting their own email addresses, since many users – including ‘blue-tick’ accounts – put their email addresses in their profile. But one of the world’s biggest platforms surely has a duty to verify complaints before acting – and to act against those who make vexatious, bad-faith complaints for clearly political reasons.
Twitter has been contacted for comment and says it is looking into the issues.
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