Catholic Organization Files Fourth Complaint with Twitter over Account Suspension

CITING “FEDERAL PRIVACY LAWS”

by Sharon Rondeau

Twitter header for Ordo Militaris Catholicus

(Apr. 11, 2018) — On Wednesday Br. Alexis Bugnolo, founder of the Catholic military organization Ordo Militaris Catholicus, filed a fourth appeal to Twitter, Inc. regarding the suspension of his outreach account, which was blocked on March 13.

The suspension was originally stated as “12 hours,” but the account, @MilitarisCath, was never re-enabled.

Bugnolo immediately filed an appeal, which was followed by three additional notices that his organization will be taking legal action, including today’s.

The tweet which Twitter claimed was responsible for the shuttering of the account was critical of UK Prime Minister Teresa May’s approach toward radical Islamic terror within her nation’s borders.

Twitter advised Br. Bugnolo to remove the tweet, which he refused to do, claiming that it represented no threat or call to violence toward anyone and did not violate Twitter’s “hateful conduct” rule.

Appeals are filed using a form under the heading “Appeal an account suspension or locked account” on Twitter’s “Forms” page and “General” information subpage.

On March 31, The Post & Email contacted Twitter’s Board of Directors to ask for comment on the suspended account.  We received no response, although Br. Bugnolo reported that on April 2, three related accounts whose members had been blocked from conversing among themselves were able to resume their communication.

A spokesman for Twitter subsequently told us that the company cannot comment on the status of any specific account “for privacy and security reasons.”

Bugnolo’s Wednesday appeal claims that the social-media platform is violating “federal privacy laws” as well as its own privacy policy by preventing him from accessing his personal account information.

In the complaint, Bugnolo reproduced the relevant section of Twitter’s privacy policy, which states:

Accessing and Modifying Your Personal Information

If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with tools and account settings to access, correct, delete, or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account. You can download certain account information, including your Tweets, by following the instructions here. You can learn more about the interests we have inferred about you in Your Twitter Data and request access to additional information here.

Bugnolo also said in the complaint that Twitter has denied Ordo Militaris its right to free speech and the free exercise of religion.

 

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