UPDATE: 4/3/15 1PM PST WUWT gets results, Tom is out of “twitmo”
I don’t regularly take up causes on WUWT, but this one sticks in my craw for the sheer pointlessness of it all. To borrow an overused phrase from the warmist movement, this is a “canary in the coal mine for free speech and climate skepticism”. Yesterday, I posted Abusive censorship on Twitter – same word used by Gavin Schmidt gets commenter banned.
In that post, you can see the exchange and what appears to be the reason, simply using the word “crap” to describe a graph. Nelson compared his use of the word to how Gavin Schmidt has used the word on Twitter in the past. In keeping with Team ‘no culpability” policy, Gavin complains there’s no comparison, and wants to be left out of the issue. Of course he does.
Of course, Gavin doesn’t seem to mind abusing Tom:
The story got picked up yesterday by Mark Steyn and then Twitchy, along with some other outlets, and I surmised that by this morning, Nelson’s account would be restored; I was wrong and sent this out.
— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) April 2, 2015
Followed by some support:
— Foxgoose (@Foxgoose) April 2, 2015
— D (@dabon8rr) April 2, 2015
And this one, that I wholeheartedly agree with.
— Pierre L. Gosselin (@NoTricksZone) April 2, 2015
I’ve been following Tom for years, he’s never abusive, always courteous, but he does ask some questions that make some in the climate establishment very uncomfortable.
Here are the rules that Twitter has in place, I can’t see where Tom Nelson went afoul of it.
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So, for those of you that think this suspension is unfair, help out by tweeting a message to @Twitter and @Support asking for @tan123 to be reinstated. if you want to show the double standard in action, you can reference today’s blog post with a short URL:
Be courteous. Thanks for your consideration. – Anthony
UPDATE: Gavin, in his full glory.