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[liberationtech] Where can I find the Twitter censorship handbook?

Uncle Zzzen unclezzzen at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 19:58:44 PST 2012


On Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>wrote:

>   Have you tried contacting twitter support directly? In the first
> instance, it's likely that you were reported by someone who saw it and took
> offense to it.

I guess I should have, but now it's too late and I don't even have links to
those tweets.
I'll try to do this next time something like this happens


>
>   As for having tweets reported for spam,
>
Doh! I wasn't thinking of  that possibility. It would most certainly
explain the N-word incident

> it could have been a competitor (and that type of reporting is easy to
> automate). But the Twitter spam algorithm could also have interpreted the
> [short tweet length + link + popular hashtag] as being spam.
>
And I guess they wouldn't provide the "handbook" for this, so that spammers
don't adapt to it.
This is a perfect place to put political or commercial censorship patterns.
No one would ever know :)


>
>
>   From a merchant perspective, we kind of operate at her majesty's
> pleasure.  By that I mean that social networks make the rules, enforce them
> (or not), and our only real recourse is to move to another, less populated
> social network.
>
A bit off-topic: I think a large "cloud" of indenti.ca/osub communities
(e.g. run by NGOs, promoted by internet defense league or such) could
become "populated" (as a whole - not on a single server) pretty fast (if
the campaign catches) AND you can cross-post everything to your
twitter/facebook etc. via apps, so it would echo into the existing socnets
and promote migration.

 I'd recommend talking to twitter support before totally writing it off,
>
Like I said, I'll do it next time, while I still have the tweet's URL :)

> but you might not get a resolution for the reasons mentioned above.
>
 That's what bothers me the most. I think they should at least say why it
was hidden (e.g. "was flagged by 6 users" or "automatically identified as
spam"). If they can avoid answering THAT, it not only allows arbitrary
censorship but it's a simple consumer problem: "sometimes it doesn't work
and I don't know why", in other words - it's not a reliable service (an
insult in a language even executives can understand).
--
"Those Romans are crazy" -- Obelix
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