WUWT gets results – Tom Nelson's Twitter @tan123 account reinstated

Good news just came to me via email the Tom Nelson Twitter account is back online.

I just got this email from an employee at Twitter:


113 thoughts on “WUWT gets results – Tom Nelson's Twitter @tan123 account reinstated

      • Currently reading Ann Coulter’s “Treason”… her (well documented) summary of what happened to McCarthy was eye opening to say the least.
        I see the same actions, sometimes by the same people, happening today.
        McCarthy was right, and at the time McCarthy was popular. Unfortunately we have allowed the LOSERS to write the history, where traditionally it has always been the winners.
        Our culture has been compromised and won’t recover for decades. That recovery can only happen when the boomer generation, and the following ones that they poisoned, are gone.

      • If you’ve ever seen film of McCarthy holding his hearings, it is clear that he was a first class jerk, but he WAS right.

  1. Yeah, and they don’t allow spamming unless you are on the politically correct side of things.

  2. Well done, Anthony. I don’t buy it that it was just an “oversight” on Twitter’s part, they apparently have algorithms for account suspensions based on posting frequency and number of complaints received. Tom is a very prolific poster, some might even call him a spammer — and in all likelihood did, in large numbers. Hard to know, Twitter doesn’t give out that kind of information, not even to people whose accounts were suspended. That last might be an interesting discussion in and of itself.

      • Good point. He joined Dec., 2008. Assuming he joined on the 1st of the month that works out to 34 tweets/day, 1,041 tweets/month.

      • Among the Twitter users with more than 50,000 followers, here is a list of top 25 users with the highest number tweets on a day at average.
        This list includes users such as the singer Tyrese (@tyrese4real with 37 tweets daily), actress Alyssa Milano (@alyssa_milano with 37 tweets daily), celebrity Tila Tequila (@officialtila with 33 tweets daily), tv host Jonathan Ross (@wossy with 37 tweets daily), writer Ryan Penagos (@agent_m with 33 tweets daily), evangelist Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki with 39 tweets daily), and blogger Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan with 43 tweets daily).
        Twitter User Tweets/Day Followers Total Tweets Bio
        foxnews 135.83 99,703 120,471 Fox News
        moooris 108.64 589,703 50,699 I’m MO-RIS. MountainBike and BMX rider. Sorry, I use Japanese only. but I can understand English a little. http://iddy.jp/profile/mo-ris
        alohaarleen 101.09 77,715 30,555 Live Aloha! Give Mahalo! Embrace and delight in your passions!
        waynemansfield 86.16 63,660 17,037 The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn – Alvin Toffler


      • Brandon,
        In response to you, when we (a couple of years ago) got my teenage son a cell phone with text messaging, he was doing 3.000 (+/-)/month, playing baseball, getting ok grades, and still sleeping at night. First, I tried to do the math on how many texts he was sending per hour/day. and second, I’m glad we were in the era of unlimited texts, because I heard so many horror stories about kids who ran up 100’s if not 1.000’s of dollars in cell phone bills because they didn’t know any better (and neither did the parents).
        1,041 tweets/month is child’s play. 🙂
        (Hope this shows up in the right place.)

      • Phil R,
        I was lucky to get 15 minutes on the land line even after I’d successfully lobbied for call-waiting.

    • I sent a few messages to Twitter on behalf of Steve Goddard when he was recently suspended and read all the great quotes about freedom of speech when he was “released”.
      Yesterday he was on another favourite topic Iran – a polite message I sent to his blog with a link to a BBC article which wasn’t in line with this views has remained in moderation as a form of passive blocking many other posts have been published since…….
      Seems the jack boot is on the other foot or maybe an “oversight” on Steve’s behalf.

  3. During the 2014 election, I noted that ALL republican e-mails addressed to me on my gmail account were placed in the SPAM folder. Was this also an over sight?

    • Just a page from the BarackObama.com playbook: Call out the deniers. Name them and Shame them. Attack them. Silence them since the science is settled. What easier way than to click a ‘report abuse’ button when feeling abused by actual facts. Hayhoe could have gotten her husband’s church to do that en mass. Who knows? But thanks to this and Homewood’s and Montford’s blogs, its fixed while awareness of such methods grows. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.

      • They bring up the “settled science” nonsense regularly but the organizing principle is the hubris of believing that they are morally superior. Their sense of intellectual superiority is a derivative.
        Sunlight is a great disinfectant but the ὕβρις bacillus has been around and well understood since antiquity. It always comes back and it will be with us till the end of times.

  4. Grateful he was reinstated. I missed his tweets. He never responds to me, but he is important to the cause. I wish more from here would get on there, and do some thrashing. Best regards, BH

  5. Jeff, (employee at Twitter)
    Thank you for personally bringing the Tom Nelson account to the direct attention of the Twitter support team.
    Your professionalism at Twitter is appreciated by me.

  6. Thanks Jeff. Minimal queuing and speedy resolution are the hallmark of a good support team. Which, by the way, are getting fewer and much harder to find. Please give our thank to your team.

    • Plainly good.
      Motivation – out of my league – but, I think, possibly another campaign medal for this site & our mage – 4nt0… you know the remainder.
      (If readers can’t suss that, don’t apply to ISIL as an Intelligence Outlier, please.)
      4nt0… – many thanks for the guidance & co-ordination . . . and everything else!

    • Sampling error.
      No-one notices (or at least remembers) the oversights that affect the other sides.

      • I really wanted to make that point on the first two threads, but realized my own confirmation biases were howling at me, and didn’t think blatant apologia was the best tack. As well, to their authors’ credit, there were a number of comments raising the issue of Tom and Gavin’s relative celebrity as a possible factor — something which need not be politically motivated in the slightest. As it is, it looks like this is simply how Twitter works and while I logically cannot rule out political chicanery in play here, that charge isn’t conclusively supportable from any of the evidence I’ve seen. I do get it that it doesn’t smell right.

      • Where are the liberal posters complaining about members of their team getting banned on the various left wing web sites?

      • MarkW,
        Who knows? Complaining about being banned from “right wing websites” perhaps? Not that I’d speculate about such things of course …

      • Brandon, it is much harder to be banned from a “right wing” (i.e., truly liberal) web site than a conformist poser-liberal Leftist web site.

      • RokShox,
        If that’s based on your personal experience, I refer you to MCourtney’s post further up this subthread. I’m not disposed to believe personal testimonies on such things uncritically. Neither am I disposed to dismiss the thesis out of hand. Convincing me would require a fairly comprehensive study using sound statistical methodology written in very dry dispassionate language published in a reputable peer reviewed journal. Even then I might not be convinced, especially if the findings were in “my” favour not “yours” because of the inherently subjective nature of the issue. I’d want three studies at least, but more like five if I really cared about the “correct” answer. Which frankly I don’t, because I don’t think I need an academic to tell me that which I already know: all humans behave hypocritically at one time or another, no more so than strident political partisans of ANY stripe.
        FWIW, I’ve never been banned on any forum, and as you may be aware I don’t exactly go out of my way to not piss people off. The reason I don’t get banned is because I recognize blog and website owners’ right to control — yes, control — who participates in their fora and who does not. I’ve been warned here twice. I’ve grumbled twice. And I’ve submitted twice. Here I still am. It’s not always pleasant for me to conform to house rules, but it’s not difficult to the point of impossible. Therefore, my personal anecdotal experience tells me that when someone complains about control-freak liberals “censoring” them by refusing to publish their comments, the first question I ask is, “Could it be that you were acting like an arsehole, and didn’t knock it off when warned by the forum owner?”
        The next question I ask is, “Could it be you acted like an arsehole on purpose with the intent to get banned so that you could claim that the thought police are systematically suppressing dissent?”
        Oldest trick in the book. Mario Savio was a master of the technique: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Speech_Movement

      • My brief experience with DailyKOS and my own offspring’s blog on Deviant Art shows the left bans other lefties rather frequently. It isn’t even about purity of doctrine so much as it is the overwhelming sense of power that comes from banning someone. It can become absurd.
        The principle of free speech simply doesn’t exist on the left; conformity and control exists. My stepson banned everyone he knew just to show he was Great and Powerful and then abandoned his blog since he had no more readers. It is comical to see teens banning each other until no one is left.
        Even here, you can write impure thoughts all day; what you are not permitted is to become tedious.

    • Because the Progressive have no morals or ethics.
      They will ruthlessly attack anyone who would dare oppose them and their ideology. Facts don’t matter. Truth doesn’t matter. Their Truth is what they define it to be.

  7. Clouds have silver linings – Tom will now probably get an influx of visitors & followers.

  8. I expect Gavin Schmidt will be pleased………..
    He’ll probably juggle a few balls to celebrate.

  9. Myron Mesecke: “Why do all of these oversights only seem to affect one side?”
    By which I’m sure you meant, “our side”. 😉
    It’s obviously because the adults on “our side” don’t engage in the juvenile, McCarthyite tactics in which “their side” engages. As Brandon Gates stated above, twitter account banning is most-likely algorithm based, and said algorithms are easy to manipulate by those whose most powerful argument is “Shut up!”

  10. With Tom Nelson’s Twitter account restored there are open questions. We do not know the why or the how or the who concerning Tom Nelson’s account cancelation.
    Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS says he wasn’t involved; says he had nothing to do with Tom’s account being canceled because of a Tweet that Tom made to Gavin. The skepticism test result on this circumstance is that it is ‘open for further review’.
    How many of the staff at NASA GISS are following Gavin on Twitter? It seems a reasonable prospect for inquiry during continued further review.

    • Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS says he wasn’t involved

      Gavin doesn’t do involved, Gavin is, of course, omnipotent.

    • Green Sand on April 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm
      – – – – – – – –
      Green Sand,
      Well . . .
      Video of future congressional hearings of NASA GISS (which have been suggested months ago) coupled with Gavin’s aura of omnipotence ought to be fine entertainment. Stock up on popcorn.

  11. Never mind that, let’s try and get Frankie Boyle banned from Twitter…and preferably everywhere else.

    • Bollocks.
      Ignore him and save yourself disappointment at his lack of wit.
      But censor no-one.
      Note: Rude word in honour of Mr Boyle

  12. It was only 5 years ago that WUWT was the site/name not to be spoken. That was a ‘quarter of a billion views’ ago.

  13. They are not SUPPOSED to ban accounts for political reasons, but do. Or at least they do until called on it by a sufficiently large public reaction.

  14. I don’t think it’s Gavin at all. He actually interacts with Tom far more often than you might expect. Based on his history I’m sure the despicable Michael Mann is behind the harassment.

  15. They do not ban accounts for political reasons

    eh, untrue

    The Twitter Rules
    Twitter reserves the right to immediately terminate your account without further notice in the event that, in its judgment, you violate these Rules

    “Political reasons” are not even mentioned under Rules. Reinstating a single account is not enough to remedy the situation any more.
    Twitter Rules &. Terms of Services have to be rewritten ASAP to include something resembling to a Due Process instead of preposterous language like “reserves the right […] immediately […] without further notice […] in its judgment”.
    Otherwise they shall have to be driven out of business.

  16. I’d love to change the world
    But I don’t know what to do
    So I’ll leave it up to Jeff

    Also, remember to check out the lunar eclipse!

  17. Not sure how Twitter pays their bills, but the occasional “twitterstorm” probably don’t hurt.

  18. Thanks to all who raised a ruckus.
    Thanks to Jeff at Twitter who brought the ruckus to the attention of higher-ups.
    Considering Alarmists seem increasingly flagrant in their disregard of all data, facts, and indeed all Skeptical arguments, it is nice to see an old fashioned ruckus is still regarded worth responding to.

  19. the English language is a wonderful thing there are apparently words that describe nuances of meaning. “oversight ” probably means there was something that you were aware of but forgot about it when you did a thing. The better word would be malfunction or some word that communicates ” inherent fault “

  20. Delhi Police get results!
    1 April: Economic Times India: Raghav Ohri: “No evidence” to back Rajendra Pachauri’s claim of being victim of hacking:
    Delhi Police
    NEW DELHI: In what appears to be a setback for former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri, the Delhi Police has found “no
    evidence” to back his claim that he had been a victim of hacking…
    “Now during preliminary inquiries and CDR analysis no evidence came on record that his mobile phone and other equipments have been hacked during conversation with complainant,” according to the police report. The report also alleges that Pachauri has “changed his stand” after the police failed to unearth any evidence of hacking..
    “Now Dr Pachauri has intimated vide letter March 6 that ‘I wish to bring to your kind attention that my personal e-mail accounts were easily accessible to the staff at my office, as I did not type long-emails personally’,” as per the report which was submitted last week.
    The Police have told the Court that “this change in stand indicates that Dr Pachauri had filed the previous complaint of hacking to counter the complaint/FIR filed against him and managed to seek the interim relief by misleading the facts before the Court”…

  21. they don’t ban for political reasons, eh? Funny how these incidents all seem to go one way. Perhaps someone knows of a person being banned for bland statement of a position on the other side of the “political” spectrum, or even just on this issue?

  22. IP address lookup: – Geo Information
    IP Address
    Location US US, United States
    City San Francisco, CA –
    Organization Twitter
    ISP Level 3 Communications
    AS Number AS35995 Twitter Inc.

  23. Oversight?
    Ya think?
    No way……….
    Just another test. Paris is coming fast and furious. Pun intended.

  24. Keep in mind the phrase …[Tweitter]”do not ban accounts for political reasons”…It will be necessary to repeat or, better, quote, it to these henchmen of free speech rather sooner than later.

  25. To me, the finger points at Gavin, especially when you read his reaction to it. He could probably tell us who it was, with his closeness to Twitter, if it wasn’t him.

  26. Can you get my facebook account re-activated, as with Tom Nelson (TAN?), I use the initials from my given/chosen names? I could of course use another e-mail address and use my favourite number, 42. lol…

  27. Oversight mistake, ok…
    Whatever the reason, they were intelligent and honest enough to back away from an untenable position.
    On the other hand publications like the NY Times has perverted oversight to maintain the untenable position of banning opinions by skeptics. The stupidity and dishonesty behind this is unfathomable; if the debate is over, why the need to allow opinions from only one side of a debate that supposedly no longer exists.

  28. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was something circulated amongst the chosen to Report Abuse on the post, which triggered it. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if Gavin sent out the call, either.

  29. This is nice and all, but it’s never explained *how* our champions ended up in the #TwitterGulag. Was it something they said?

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