The following is an open letter to Ella G. Irwin, Head of Twitter Trust and Safety, and Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, and anyone else at Twitter, Inc. who is responsible for censoring political speech and defaming people with fake “advisory” labels, among other such “visibility-filtering” tactics.
I must say, it is somewhat disheartening, the number of people who, upon reading my open letter, are responding with advice like, "just stop using Twitter," as if the intent of my open letter were merely to publicize a personal problem I was having. If you actually read the column/letter, you will see that my personal problem has already been solved. The point is, global corporations, governments, Intelligence agencies, NGOs, etc. (i.e., The Censorship Industrial Complex) are in the process of "visibility filtering" everything everyone sees on the Internet, which is kind of alarming. If you are ready to relocate to a Kaczynski Cabin in the woods and hide out, as long as you can, well, bless you. Whatever blows your skirt up. I'm a writer and a political satirist/commentator, so it's my job to engage with society, and the media, and pay attention to how "reality" is being constructed by those in power, and to write about it, so the Unabomber-cabin option doesn't make much sense for me. What does make sense for me, in this particular case, is what I am doing, namely, trying to get a further on-the-record response (or non-response) from the executive in charge of censorship, visibility filtering, and slimy COINTELPRO-type ops at Twitter, Inc. If that's not sufficiently entertaining for anyone, there is plenty of exciting identity-politics and race-war stuff circulating on the Internet at the moment ... which the above-mentioned global corporations, governments, Intelligence agencies, NGOs, etc., would be pleased to have you engage with, instead.
This is the chapter of the Twitter Files I’ve been waiting for 🍿
Thank you for fighting on behalf of all of us who have been subjected to “visibility filtering” by the Ministry of Truth. My articles, too, have been tarnished by that OffGuardian warning.
I am currently reading Michelle Stiles’s “One Idea To Rule Them All: Reverse Engineering American Propaganda,” and I highly recommend everyone bump this to the top of their reading queue.
The following quote is particularly apropos for your situation, CJ:
“Individuals do not need to be ‘protected’ from ideas. Protection from ideas is a way to disable and cripple free people. The First Amendment to the Constitution ensures that nothing can stand in the way of free speech and a robust marketplace of ideas, whether they be good, bad, or ugly. Of course, therein lies the problem. Labeling and censoring ideas as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ ‘harmful,’ or ‘offensive’ ultimately leads to control of ideas in general and cannot be done without suppressing everyone’s right to free speech. It’s either all or none.”
i got banned for a week for wrong speak when i suggested a group of violent thugs should be tarred and feathered. they claim i was promoting violence and i had to remove the tweet and wait 7 days before i could post again. but the images of these monsters beating on a woman was fine to post.
twatter needs to take a look at what the fk its doing
I created a Twitter account (for business reasons) back in the early Twitter days but I never posted anything. All I ever did was read posts. Two months ago I got a notice that my account had been suspended for "violating our rules against platform manipulation and spam."
Maybe I'm being paranoid, but could this be Twitter researching my posts on other sites to determine I am a dangerous individual and preemptively censoring me? If so, this suggests a cooperation amongst platforms that has not been explored by the Twitter files.
My Twitter is currently suspended. One thing I really don't get is why they haven't cited any specific tweet or rule as grounds for suspension, just boilerplate: "After careful review, we determined your account broke the Twitter Rules." It's infuriating and seems ripe for abuse.
Excellent retort to Twitter. Thank you for following through, rather than walking away from corporate corruption and censorship.
It is truly disappointing that Twitter is pedaling a new approach to censorship and yet, we still find cases where they are unfairly censoring important voices. Your suspicion that they may be a limited hangout is just.
Disappointment in people/platforms/institutions we dare to trust is rampant lately.
Open Letter to Big Brother.
I think you should sue Twitter. I will donate to your legal fund.
Where is Nat Hentoff when we need him most?
—Hentoff argues throughout Free Speech for Me--But Not for Thee that freedom of expression is "indivisible" and that one person's loss of freedom threatens the freedom of others. When free speech is not extended to white racists, it will eventually not be extended to black racists, and then to others who offend the tender sensibilities of the thin-skinned. If radical feminists (holding hands with Edwin Meese) can suppress the dissemination of Playboy and Penthouse, then somebody else can suppress the dissemination of Our Bodies--Our Selves and the lesbian erotic magazine Bad Attitude. If feminists can shut down Andrew Dice Clay because he "tends to promote hate against women," then Iron Johns can stop Andrea Dworkin because she is hostile to men...
I think that it would be great if she ( and Musk ) saw your opening paragraphs/introduction to the letter aswell! :) Deeply admire your eloquence, persistence and guts.
That's good CJ, I'm with you on this one! What people need to understand is that this is ancient evil we are dealing with. The term "There's Nothing New Under The Sun" should be taken literally! Peace!
Twitter is rife with pron and they slap a warning on you?
I hope you get some real answers.
So glad to know about the Off Guardian! Just read an article about KC’s coronation. Great points! I shall continue to visit the site because I want Truth, Freedom, & Transparency.
How disappointing & frustrating that the “Twitter Files” has been shut down. Was Elon just teasing the world? RFK, Jr has been making a lot of promising promises if he gets elected (Hmm, not much being said about 2A & illegal migration!). But do we really believe he or any other candidate can dismantle the shadow government?
I think it’s time for an exit of the conservative states. Yes, we need a Texit (Texas) & a Florexit (Florida). These states need to secede & hopefully others will follow. Let’s not pretend. We have lost our “more perfect Union”. The US is being run by illegitimate & rogue forces. What person any than a domestic subversive enemy would have agreed to Resident Biden’s plan to “flood the border”?
I believe our country is doomed in the 2024 election because most people are not directly seeing the effects of the massive influx of illegals. While many ppl are still working from home & having their groceries & food delivered to them, I’m working as a gig driver & getting a first-hand view of the insidious take-over of America 🇺🇸. Last week I went to a restaurant to pick up an order & a man walked in with a nice large phone (looked new) & walked up to me asking in Spanish if I understood his language. I conversed with him a bit. Found out that he was from Peru, illegally crossed the border, & had no family here.
Consider the implications: the man had a nice phone, a car to get around which means he was most likely issued a driver’s license. Thus, come 2024 he will likely be eligible to vote! (And who do you think he’ll pick?) Next day I met another man picking up food at a burger joint. He couldn’t speak English either & was also doing a gig pick-up. Again, he had a nice, large new looking phone. Have seen other new gig drivers appear in various areas & I believe they are all illegals. These men are surely be advised to become gig drivers because it’s the fastest way to earn some money 💵. So, these illegals are not only taking jobs away from Americans but our government is providing them cars, drivers licenses, car insurance, living quarters, food stamps possibly, etc. all with OUR TAX DOLLARS! I DIDN’T VOTE FOR THIS NOR DO I THINK ANY OTHER SANE AMERICAN! Can’t tell you how worrying this is.
Whereas the Civil War was intended to stop slavery, the U.S. is moving into a new slavery under the WHO which represents the 2nd major step into the NWO (Covid-19 & the “counter measure” bio-weapon shots being the 1st step). It’s time for the states to break away from the Federal Government. Time to stop sucking the tit of this monster which has made us weak & dependent. And we should do it ASAP in light of the pending WHO Treaty. Each state must work immediately to head off the major food shortages & famine which are expected to affect all countries in the very near future (2 yrs or less?). If the Governors don’t take a stand now to protect their citizens, the states will devolve into anarchy - what the military has termed the “Zombie Apocalypse”. GOD HELP US IF WE DELAY & DON’T HEED THE WARNING SIGNS!
Anyway, I hope the matter of ur account is resolved CJ but I’m not holding my breath. Elon is slowly showing his true colors. Can we really expect the man to be a defender of Freedom when we consider his StarLink & Neuralink projects?
Again, I not only advocate for an exodus from the Federal Govt but also an exodus from Twitter. No more tit-sucking be it the FG or the bird. #flipthebird #shootthebird
I would add there's also a strong strain of Neo-Puritanism in this censorship business; well, maybe that goes without saying, but labeling overtly political content with an "adult content warning" makes the point that "dissent=deviance." Critics of the System, you know, we all have "dirty minds."
Leave Twitter and YouTube, or only post short "Here's my new piece about ..." appetizers, and link to the real, free, uncensored version on Substack, Substack Notes, Mastodon, Odysee, Rumble, Rokfin, etc.