UPDATED 6-05-2016: see update at end of post.
There was a long back and forth between myself and a few others on religion on Twitter a day or so ago. We all were in agreement pretty much and certainly no one had any aggressive comments to make. I did mention the Roman Catholic Church, but not in a disparaging way as I am one myself.
Shortly after the conversation Twitter decided to ban me with their new version of a #shadowban. This one does not match all the descriptions you will get around the web so I decided to make this post to document the newest underhanded Twitter aggression which is aimed at libertarians and conservatives mainly.
I had some problems with being locked out of my account due to “automated like activity” or something like that on two occasions. That started around the time of the #FreeMIlo tweets but I was certainly not the only one posting about Milo. What really happened was the Twitter progressives just hate all the anti-Clinton tweets and re-tweets.
So, here is a description of what they have done. As far as I can tell they have come up with a new shadowban method. At this time I can read my time line in a normal fashion. I can tweet and others can see the tweet if they follow me, but I don’t think they can find the tweet via a search. I can even re-tweet most times, but that does not always seem to work. It is as if any anti-Clinton stuff gets lost on re-tweet. I think having a link in the re-tweet has some effect.
The NEW and biggest problem is that people can put my handle @markstoval in their tweet and I will see that in my Notification time line but if I respond back to them they can not see it in their notification area. That keeps me from tweeting to someone and them seeing it unless they just happen to notice it in the main time line that moves so fast. In other words, they have killed off having any personal conversations or debates. Even a “like” does not seem to register. This appears to be the progressives idea of “free and open discourse”.
I can exchange Direct Messages but the “mail” icon will not alert anyone of the mail. The DM can be read someday in the future if you just happen to be looking in your messages. Neat eh?
And it is not just me having trouble with the Twitter double secret probation crowd:
Many libertarians and conservatives have pointed out that @Jack is trying to run off everyone who is anywhere close to being against his true-love Hillary Clinton — but is he trying to depress the Twitter stock prices also? Was Twitter not already losing market fast enough for the company? Anyway, it takes a real coward to invent a whole new way to ban someone. Hell, just say we don’t want your Clinton-hating ass around here no more and I’ll be gone.
Jack? What say you?
UPDATE 1: I have now found that the new and vicious shadowban has been lifted. I think this post may have had something to do with it, but others say that there may be a certain time limit on some shadowbans. Regardless, the ban was meant to stop communication between friends since nearly 3,000 followers could see my tweets in their normal time line and only the notification features and direct message feature were compromised.