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Are Twitter Users Targeting Conservatives?

We all know politics can be nasty business, but some folks are claiming their opponents have taken things to a whole new low: restricting freedom of speech.

And they claim they’re doing this on Twitter.

The stories seem to be popping up more and more often – conservative users’ Twitter accounts getting suspended due to spam attacks from the left.

How does this happen? Supposedly from folks selecting “report for spam” from the drop down beside each person’s “follow” button:

Take the case of @ChrisLoesch, for instance. Back in April, there was a big hubub around his account being suspended, with conservatives blaming liberals for a ‘report for spam’ attack:

According to this piece though, Chris Loesch may have “triggered a red flag at the Twitter headquarters by responding to well-wishers too zealously after rising to his wife’s defense.” Who could blame him? Here’s one horrible tweet directed toward his wife:

Twitter limits are clear though:

Updates/Tweets: 1,000 per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as updates.

And he DID receive the following suspension notice that seems to indicate he exceeded these limits:

Yep. Seems pretty straightforward, right? We were about to chalk it up to ‘too many tweets’ too, BUT then we saw another conservative Twitter account claiming to be a victim of some sort of spambot (or maybe they’re saying she’s the spambot)? And then we found there are more – a lot more. You can find them all on the @TwitterGulag.

Alternate Twitter acct due to original @KateMacGinn in#TwitterGulag AGAIN!! GRRRRR!! 21 Days and counting. Christian, Tea Party conservative, educator, anti-PC

 

So what’s happening? Is there a coordinated ‘block and report’ attack targeting Conservatives or are they just tweeting too often? We should all care about this. Regardless of where you land politically, censorship should not be tolerated.

(Censorship image from Shutterstock)

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