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Ed Driscoll

#Twitterfail

April 30th, 2012 - 10:00 am

Ever since the Obama administration took office, Twitter has been a beacon for conservatives, allowing them to disseminate an alternative POV from the MSM, and debate ideas with their ideological opponents. At least until now. As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air, “Twitter Eats Itself?”

I suppose it was just a matter of time before Twitter became completely unmanageable.  After all, a self-policing population only works when the population is mature enough to handle the responsibility.  Using the spam-reporting mechanism built into Twitter and its after-market applications, liberal activists are succeeding in tricking the Twitter system into suspending the accounts of conservatives — for instance, my friend Chris Loesch, husband of Breitbart editor Dana Loesch:

Conservative Chris Loesch, music producer and husband of radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch, had his Twitter account suspended on Sunday. He was apparently targeted by leftist users who utilized the “Block & Report Spam” function to trigger the social media account’s automatic spam algorithm. He was notified of his suspension via an email from Twitter claiming it was due to multiple unsolicited mentions to other users. “You will need to change your behavior to continue using Twitter,” the email admonished.

“I never threatened anyone and am careful about being concise with what I write especially in public,” Mr. Loesch told The Washington Times. “They were going to make me sign this note that said one more infraction and I would be permanently banned. I wasn’t going to do that so I wrote emails to some of their people.” …

Mr. Loesch believes the spam-reporting campaign was kicked off by comments he made in defense of his wife. “It was business as usual for her I suppose,” he said. “Veiled threats, rape and murder comments, the typical liberal misogynist slag. Being the chivalrous and testosterone filled being I am requires me to protect the woman I love and call out the haters for being the ‘anonymous internet tough guys’ they are…Needless to say they don’t like being called out and struck back by reporting me as a spammer or worse.”

Read the whole thing.

Related: Curiously — and perhaps entirely coincidentally, “@killzimmerman” was online for an “unexpectedly” long time before Twitter deleted the account.

Update: At Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s new site devoted to recording the Twitter wars, Michelle’s staff writes that Chris Loesch’s account has been reactivated (though apparently stripped of its initial followers), but that doesn’t excuse Twitter’s initial fail: “Twitter, you have a problem: An infestation of radical flag-spam abusers.”

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