Shuttered Twitter Account User’s Fourth Appeal Falls on Deaf Ears

AS EVIDENCED BY AUTOMATED RESPONSE

by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 14, 2018) — In response to his fourth appeal to the suspension of his Twitter account which began on March 13, the founder of the organization Ordo Militaris Catholicus, Br. Alexis Bugnolo, received the following from Twitter’s “support” service on Friday:

Hello,

We’re writing to let you know that your account features will remain locked or limited for the allotted time due to violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically our hateful conduct policy.

We do not allow people to promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.

Please note that continued abusive behavior may lead to the suspension of your account. To avoid having your account suspended, please only post content that abides by the Twitter Rules: https://twitter.com/rules#hateful-conduct.

You can learn more about our policy against hateful conduct here: https://help.twitter.com/rules-and-policies/hateful-conduct-policy.

Thanks,

Twitter

Br. Bugnolo has argued in his four appeals that the tweet allegedly responsible for the account’s suspension did not violate the company’s “hateful conduct” policy.  The tweet was critical of Prime Minister Teresa May’s approach to handling the problem of radical Islam in her country but did not suggest that anyone commit acts of violence against individuals or any group of people.  Bugnolo therefore refused to remove the tweet.

Bugnolo has called for support from the general public on the grounds that the suspension was an unjust restriction of the organization’s right to free speech and the free exercise of religion as protected by the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

Specifically in the fourth appeal, Br. Bugnolo claimed that Twitter is violating its own privacy policy as well as federal privacy laws by disallowing him access to the account.

After receiving Twitter’s latest response, Bugnolo wrote in an email:

Dear Mrs. Rondeau,

It seems that Twitter does not even read appeals anymore. They send the same response, and do not care about observing their user policy on Privacy Rights.

Evidently Zuckerberg’s testimony has led them to buckle down on persecuting Christians and Conservatives, for they evidently believe and think that they can claim any tweet by anyone means what they say it means and shut down their account for violating a hatepolicy which says something entirely different.

The only hate here is at Twitter Inc.

Sincerely,

Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Bugnolo’s reference to “Zuckerberg” is to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose company has faced an emerging scandal involving its lack of protection of users’ personal information to which Zuckerberg and his COO, Sheryl Sandberg, have admitted.

Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill for two days this past week testifying to members of Congress about his company’s practices, with some speculating that executives from other “Silicon Valley” tech companies could be next.

Facebook has also been accused of censoring “conservatives” and other groups expressing right-leaning political opinions after it instituted an algorithm change in January which purportedly placed more emphasis on communication between friends and family rather than business enterprises. However, many of those who identify as “conservative” said their traffic was significantly reduced and that emails sent to their followers en masse were discovered to have remained undelivered.

Twitter, Google, and a Google subsidiary, YouTube, have all been accused of censoring “conservative” speech and opinion. Since the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL, YouTube has been reported as having blocked the channels of anyone with firearms-related content such as how to properly load, clean, use and store firearms or the differences among the many firearms available.

On March 31, Bugnolo sent a complaint to Twitter’s Board of Directors but received no response.  Likewise, a media request sent by this writer to the Board on March 30 received no response, while a request for comment to Twitter’s press office on the account’s suspension elicited the reply of “We do not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.”

2 Responses to "Shuttered Twitter Account User’s Fourth Appeal Falls on Deaf Ears"

  1. Luke Johnson   Monday, September 23, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Dr. Laity, Always impressed with your scholarly research and your vital public service along with Mrs. Rondeau’s outstanding reporting. It was through your research that we all learned Donald Trump Jr and his siblings (except Tiffany) are ineligible for the US Presidency, never knoe before reading this excellent site. Hope the Post and Email and your fans can help get you reinstated on Twitter, all voices shold be heard.

    Dr. Laity, I hope you’ll consider that not all Muslims are bad people, many helped and suported us during wars, and famous Muslims include Dr. Oz, Muhammad Ali, comedian Dave Chappelle, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Ellen Burstyn, Angelina Jolie and the late Casey Kasem. We know many Catholic priests were wicked, but hope you agree all Catholics aren’t evil.

    Many in my family are Catholic, many are in the Catholic Daughters and the kindest people I know. There are 1.7 billion Muslims, about 25% of the world’s population — it seems many are hardworking, decent, supporters of America. We need those allies to help stop the evil in Iran and other rouge nations. Hope you consider not lumping 25% of the world’s population into one monolthic group.

  2. Robert Laity   Monday, September 23, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    My twitter account has been permanently “suspended” for my outspokenness against the wickedness of Islam/Sharia law. I said such things as Sharia Law being inextricable with Islam and that as such is “Repugnant to the Constitution”. In 1803 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that “A law that is repugnant to the Constitution is void”-Marbury v. Madison, USSCt. (1803). Sharia Law does not recognize freedom of religion or any other type of freedom. That makes it “Repugnant to the constitution”. That statement got me banned from twitter permanently. It was warnings about Islam from no other then John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill that have preserved our freedoms to date. Islam is anathema.

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