Lessons in thought policing – tweet about @realDonaldTrump, get shutoff by Twitter

I’ve had a Twitter account since September 2009. I’ve made over 28,600 Tweets in that over 10 years time. Not once have I ever been shutoff…until yesterday, when I made my very first retweet of a Trump retweet of WUWT made in 2013.

This is the story yesterday: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/03/that-time-when-realdonaldtrump-read-and-retweeted-wuwt/

Coincidence? I think not.

I got it resolved today after jumping through a couple of hoops.

But really, wow.

h/t to Dave Burton.

83 thoughts on “Lessons in thought policing – tweet about @realDonaldTrump, get shutoff by Twitter

    • The world more than ever needs a Capitalist International with its own media organs to counter the relentless march of Communism and Ecofascism, such siren calls to the young and inexperienced.

      I see it here in Chile, the once most successful Latin American country, to an alarming degree. It’s in dread danger of going the way of Venezuela and Argentina, former Latin American economic bright spots.

      • I think that’s a good plan, but I’m not sure it should be called “Capitalist International”. “Capitalism” is a derogatory term invented by Marx, and I’m not sure we should be ceding the linguistic territory to him. We should probably focus on what we are really promoting, which is individualism, free markets, and the fair application of the rule of law. But what is a catchy phrase to denote that?

        • “Working with Capital” ?

          “Capital Engagement” ?

          “Employing Capital”

          Das Kapital – that’s “out” though …

    • A thought Gestapo. They are tightening screws on any incorrect thought. That includes mentioning of a non-person, like the President of the U.S. 1938 again?

      • Everybody thought that “Big Brother” would be/was the government pushing to keep “thought crimes” out of the public. In fact Big Brother is actually large media companies and social media working in ways that George Orwell couldn’t have imagine.

      • Try 1931 – 33, when conventional campaigning was combined with terror tactics which assured the winning of elections henceforth …

        Just replace ‘brown shirt’ with Antifa.

    • Maybe OT, but I just opened a Twitter account to follow Terence Corcoran. Refreshingly honest journalist. I came across a certain professor by the name of Katherine Hayhoe while playing around in the new (to me, anyway) World of Twitter. I sent her a polite recommendation to check out WUWT, and she immediately blocked me. She may be griff’s sister, but I was wondering if this moron was known to any of you?

      • PeterT,
        Oh yes, she is known to many of us. Below are some reasons.
        However, she is not a moron. She is a clever manipulator of the young, the ignorant, and those without the skills to look up and critically examine the materials she espouses.
        Madame Hayhoe is reported to have authored much of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which explains the outright deceptions in that assessment, described here: https://casf.me/critique-fourth-national-climate-assessment/
        Katharine Hayhoe was one of the presenters at the climate “Education” series at New Mexico State University sponsored by the office of Senator Tom Udall (D-NM).
        Here are my notes criticizing Hayhoe’s presentation: “Practically no references, preachy, overt and covert religious overtones, masterful emotional
        manipulation, well-produced, highly controlled, textbook example of propaganda by a skillful presenter”
        Here is a post and my presentation graphics on Madame Hayhoe.
        https://casf.me/evening-lecture-alarmist-katharine-hayhoe/
        https://casf.me/an-analysis-of-katharine-hayhoe-s_video-and-climate-lecture_16_feb_2019-3/
        If you go through this, you will find the reasons for my assessment of Mme Hayhoe, and the reason why she blocked you. She can stand no honest criticism. I know, I tried.

        ROBERT W. ENDLICH, Cruces Atmospheric Sciences Forum

        • Thanks Robert — one correction:
          textbook example of propaganda by a skillful presenter propagandist

          Alittle redundant, I know, bur bears emphasis….

      • Yesssss !!

        And assuming The Donald does indeed win 2020, then it might be a fair assumption that such a designation might be coming up the pike ?

        Its truly bizzare that the likes of Dorsey, and Zuckerberg, seem not to have considered the possibility.

        • Precisely. Facebook, Twitter, etc claim ‘common carrier’ status to avoid responsibility for what is published on their servers. But then they boot off anybody with a conservative opinion. They shouldn’t be able to avoid the responsibilities of a publisher, because they are clearly controlling the content on their systems.

    • I think Henry Ford was allowed to not sell to you if he didn’t want to. There were not thought police, “fairness” fools and a near socialist government dictating who did and did not get served. Henry HAD to make a good product and have great marketing or fail in the automobile business.
      In the name of fairness, people have destroyed many, many freedoms and then are shocked when “fairness” beats people down and takes over just as many a dictator has. People do not learn from history, even if they know history.
      We let Twitter, Facebook, etc (none of which I use—only WordPress and Blogger and I can find a different platform if they become too nosy or bullying) do this because “it can’t happen here”. There are a few individuals that are trying to start more open platforms, but face it, people are lazy and go the easy route even if it ends up with them losing all their freedoms. So until Twitter and Facebook devour the nation, people WILL continue to aid and abet their own demise.

      • I think Henry Ford was allowed to not sell to you if he didn’t want to.
        ≠=======
        Really? How about if you are black? OK not to sell to you? How about if you are a woman. Women drivers could give fôrd a bad rep. Or how about oriental drivers.

        twitter doesn’t like Anthony’s politics. So somehow he is “accidentally” disappeared.

        • Henry Ford had “rules” his employees were forced to comply with, …… but not his customers.

          • And though people complained about Ford’s monitors looking under the partition in the bathrooms to see who was working and who wasn’t, they were getting by far the best pay for labor when working at a Ford plant.

          • The claim was that Ford could choose to NOT sell to someone if he didn’t want to.
            The reality is that if a company chooses to not sell to one of the federally protected minorities, the government will quickly put that company out of business.

        • Ferdberple: Yes, Ferdie he d**n well does not have to sell to you if you’re black. Or a woman. Or anything else. IT’S HIS BUSINESS. You have the socialist/communist SJW view that BUSINESS BELONGS TO THE GOVERNMENT. So, take your socialist ideas, jump on a plane if you’re not already in one of those idiot places and be happy. Those of use who are strong, capable and live in reality are happy to see you go. We can live without Daddy Government “fixing” our worthless lives. Government does not give your life worth—and it’s WORTHLESS if that’s how you view life.

          I don’t care if Twitter got rid of Anthony. I don’t care who Twitter gets rid of. Worshipping “fairness” and being too freaking lazy to start your Twitter—I fully hope you get to reap the hell that follows. Lazy people deserve slavery. People who won’t fight for their freedom don’t deserve freedom.

          • Fairness? My wife and I had to teach our children that fairness only applies between a few people. And the world isn’t fair! TANSTAAFL! (And to people who haven’t read Heinlein – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!)

  1. Many have wondered why there is not a libertarian or conservative alternative to all the Left-dominated social media sites. A combination of FB networking, Twitter commenting, Snapchat flaming, Instagram photosharing, Youtube video sharing, whatever, why not competition with the now ruling corporate conglomerates controlled by a few monopolistic corporations intent on world domination? Such a company would also help combat China’s equivalent Internet imperialism.

    • Libtards are soooo into diversity that they need to be reminded at every opportunity that they are NOT diverse in political representation, i.e. need 50-50 conservatives & liberals in college professorships, hiring, CEO’s etc.

      • The “diversity” they advance is purely cosmetic — race, gender, sexual preferences, etc. Real diversity (viewpoint/politics/philosophy) is forbidden. So just another example of Orwellian definitions — war is peace, love is hate, good is bad, knowledge is ignorance, truth is lies, etc.

    • This is political racism and they should be called what they are: Political Racist, in a very loud stark voice, staring wide eyes with a shaky pointing finger.

    • There is http://www.USA.Life. It proports to be a conservative answer to social media bias. Since I swore off social media and went with son of mulder’s real life, I can’t say for sure. Admittedly, you have to search for these, but if you won’t even do that, there’s no hope anyway.

    • John Tillman every time one starts up and gets busy, the leftist media declare it far right, and the financial system blocks them out, no payments proessing etc, no bank accounts and so on…
      Black listing wih advertisers etc.

    • re: “Many have wondered why there is not a libertarian or conservative alternative to all the Left-dominated social media sites.”

      freerepublic.com, a discussion and debate site. Run by Jim Robinson using donations from the active community there. Been that way since 1997 that I know. Bet ya never heard of it?

    • You can find many blocked from Twitter establishing themselves on social.quodverum. Since I don’t do this myself on any site, I don’t know the details, but the interesting character below, Thomas Wictor, has some of the details. I enjoy reading the “scientific” and mostly non-marxist/islamsit/global-elite ideas of many authors on this site. Mostly they are not the amazingly gifted scientist/intellectual individuals as on WUWT, but they offer some excellent citizen investigations.

      https://social.quodverum.com/@ThomasWic

  2. Here in the UK, those who espoused that the people didn’t want Brexit, despite the referendum vote, and the Labour Party, that was comprehensively defeated in the recent general election, all believed what they read in the Twitter Bubble.

    Funnily enough most folk here aren’t registered because it’s a sad echo chamber and there is more to life/have a life.

    Obviously Trump and folk like youself, with a public image, have to have a presence there but for most of us it’s a waste of cyberspace.

  3. Hi Anthony.

    YouTube also censors political material that does not conform to its Marxist-Leninist policies.

    YouTube recently censored this video as “hate speech”, which it definitely is not.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3qkf3bajd4&feature=youtu.be

    Here is my comment on that YouTube censorship.

    Note that the game plan of the USA Democratic Party is straight out of Lenin’s quotes.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/12/31/bp-boss-daughters-friends-on-anti-depressants-because-of-climate-change/#comment-2883136

    Thank you Jim for your link to Yuri Besmenov’s 1984 interview, which I believe is excerpted from the longer interview I referred to above.
    https://youtu.be/bX3EZCVj2XA

    That longer interview has been censored by the “thought police” at YouTube, replaced with the following caption:
    “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s policy on hate speech. Learn more about combating hate speech in your country.”

    The Bezmenov interview is in no way “hate speech” – and censoring the longer Bezmenov interview says much about the values and priorities of the “fellow travelers” at YouTube. The Soviets called these sycophants their “useful idiots” in the West, who would help them to defeat the western democracies and replace them with Marxist dictatorships.

    A few quotes by Lenin will shed further light on this process:
    https://www.azquotes.com/author/8716-Vladimir_Lenin

    Truth is the most precious thing. That’s why we should ration it.
    [aka “Lie, lie, lie!”]

    We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.
    [There are many such examples in the global warming/climate change scam – for example, climate scammers call climate skeptics “deniers” and refuse to debate the bogus CAGW “settled science”.]

    There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.

    Free speech is a bourgeois prejudice.

    The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

    People always have been and they always will be stupid victims of deceit and self-deception in politics.

    It is, of course, much easier to shout, abuse, and howl than to attempt to relate, to explain.

    Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

    The goal of socialism is communism.

    The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

    Trust is good, but control is better.

    As an ultimate objective, “peace” simply means communist world control.

    One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers Communist and the disarming of the bourgeoisie the middle class.
    [aka “We must get rid of the Second Amendment and disarm the populace.”]

    One man with a gun can control 100 without one.

    Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
    [Is that four years of public school or four years of university, or both? Why are so many teachers doctrinaire leftists?]

    Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.

    **************************

    • “YouTube recently censored this video as “hate speech””
      If Yuri Besmenov is a hate speecher and get barred, then how come Greta Thunberg’s hate speeches are not totally silenced? – Oh forgot, GT is one of the new world orders “useful idiots” and is adorable when she is angry and mobbing others.

      I just saved the 13min interview with Yuri Besmenov, in case that video gets lost in Youtube too.

    • Thank you, Allan. The more citizens realize that IT, Social Media, and other highly profitable entities have now gone over to the dark side and no longer believe in American freedoms and actively attempt to squelch or eliminate them – the better.

      We are in grave danger. Why didn’t AGW Global Warming scam end once its scientific fraudulence was clearly demonstrated – often by many writing/posting on WUWT? Because totalitarian forces from a number of backgrounds (marxist/islamist/fascist/global elitist) want complete ownership — and they have trillions of $$$ to try to buy that.

      Citizens who value limited government, individual freedom, and the scientific method are to be eliminated. Due to the election in 2016, we barely escaped more tyranny in the U.S. I am very grateful to Anthony, Charles the Moderator, and all the commenters here for your dedication to the scientific method, the freedoms it requires, and your willingness to debate your differences.

  4. Orwellian and Kafka-esque. They are obsessive totalitarian control freaks, and thru projection, they think the political Right is just like them only mirror image, no wonder they are the way they are, it tells me a lot.

  5. On a similar note, in 2018 I tried to confirm the news of a guy who imported 2 wives and 8 children into Germany, and ran several Google searches on subsets of keywords

    carstens syria mother bigamy pinneberg wife

    and after a third attempt I got temporarily suspended from a Google search engine for a violation of terms of contract. I got rather surprised, my default search engine is now duckduckgo.

    The best element in this story is that German authorities actually brought the second wife with her four children to Germany.

    • DuckDuckGo is the way to go. Additionally I in some cases use Tor Browser.
      In some searches I have had more luck with Russian Yandex search engine.
      When I lived in Pinneberg in early 1970’s it was a free city, but bigamy was not allowed though 🙂

  6. Oh… I figured it was because some overweight SJW at twitter got triggered because of your post in which Meatloaf called himself a fat mofo who lost 70 lbs (fat shaming).

  7. Of course your account got suspended, Antony. The ‘unusual activity’ is that you were re tweeting the President of the United States instead of slagging him off for defending life and liberty. Just re tweeting him, even from years ago, without criticizing and insulting him is unusual activity in Twitter’s book. Here in the UK, the police will pay you a visit to warn you against ‘wrong thinking’ (such as pointing out that there are two sexes in the world, male and female).

    ‘Wrong thinking’ is the UK version of Twitter’s ‘unusual activity’.

  8. Twitter has been the greatest boon to contemporary mainstream journalistic laziness since the teletype was invented.

    “Journalists” who recently left university now just regurgitate the dross they are able to dredge from trawling Twitter, and get it published as a “breaking story” on establishment media.

    No wonder they’re going broke.

    • And the “articles” both quote the Twitter comments/Tweets and show a screen capture of them, so it makes for extra-filler.

  9. Violation of 1st amendment free speech and freedom of the press – I guess federal laws only apply when The They say they do.

    This is the reason I do not use anything connected to that idiotic twitterpating crap.

    • “Violation of 1st amendment free speech and freedom of the press – I guess federal laws only apply when The They say they do.”

      Incorrect. The 1st amendment says “congress shall make no law”. Twitter is not the government. They can censor anything they want.

  10. Could someone please explain the value of Twitter? It seems like a place for simplistic, heated arguments. Do they have cat videos?

    • Nothing worth saying can be said in <= 142 characters, else why books? A current favorite is 1000 pages long.

    • Never had Titter. Early on GAB.ai now corrupted to Andy Torba’s vision of the dredge profit center. I’m there waiting for an honest alternative. WUWT is most honest, but with unblockable trolls.

  11. How come Donald Trump himself still has a twitter account? If one can be shutdown for retweeting why don’t the just cut him off at the source? Would it not be easier to do this instead of tracking down every individual account holder who dares to spread the word?

    Or don’t they have the balls?

    p.s I do have a twitter account I rarely use. I might just have to poke it with a stick and see if I can get it closed.

    • Good question. The best I can figure is this: One Man, One Vote

      If Twitter shuts down the President’s account then the fallout is revenge at the ballot box by his millions of Twitter followers and multitudes of fence-sitters but if Twitter can instill fear in an individual user who re-tweets the President then they have succeeded in depressing voter turnout.

    • They know better than to piss off the most powerful elected official in the land. He could make life difficult for them with just the stroke of a pen. Not to mention how much ammo it would give their political enemies in congress should they do so (they don’t want do anything that would help further legislation against them). So no matter what Trump says or does on Twitter they won’t shut it down. They may occasionally have an “accidental” deletion of a tweet (which they’ll begrudgingly restore as soon as it’s called out) but that’s about it. But once Trump is out of office, watch how quickly they delete his twitter presence for “violating their terms of service”.

  12. Hmm.

    well, Ive had an account since 2008. Turned off like yours? ya a few times.

    1. What hoops did you have to run through? what did they say
    2. Did you start tweeting more frequently than normal?
    3. Tweet while changing locations?
    4. tweet using a VPN?
    5. twwet from two or more devices in the same time period?

    There are a whole bunch of things that they can “detect” as unusual. Retweeting trump ain’t one of them.
    basically they have a profile of your tweet behavior( like visa tracks your spending habits) do something too different and flags fly.

  13. As usual Mosher is a million miles off target…..

    They have been suspending Trump re-tweeters for weeks, its a test to see how much fall out there is.

    As the election nears they will effectively silence his supporters and his messages being spread by them, that is the game they are playing, they cant just ban the leader of the free world with 5 yrs of his presidency to run,

    One way or another the administration would take them down if they did, but it demonstrates how these silicone valley tw a-boys think they are more powerful than the president of the US.
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=twitter+suspending+trump+retweeters&atb=v154-3bl&ia=web

    • re: ” silicone ”

      Silicon for ‘tech’, silicone for cosmetology (implants), some cookware accessories, wire insulation et al.

      Anymore its becoming SiGe (Silicon and Germanium) compounds, as well as SiC, and GaAs too. Diamond (C) is on the scene too.

      • I hear they’re making computer chips from geraniums and dope.
        Pretty to wear and a real head trip.

  14. A new, advanced level of classical fascism — call it neo-fascism. You don’t even have to pay off/threaten corporations anymore to get them to cooperate — they’ve been so thoroughly indoctrinated since childhood by the schools and current media culture that they fall in line and take actions naturally in support of their marxist masters, including as seen here, tightening censorship of “wrong thinking”.

  15. The thought police are alive and kicking. Once the UN and its acolytes gets control of algorithms heaven help us.

  16. I got booted off the local Nextdoor social media site in October when I posted data from the National Weather Service that reported only 2 official triple digit temperature days at Kansas City International Airport in the past 7 years. Meanwhile, a similar 7 year period from 1953 through 1959 saw more than 60 triple-digit temperature days at the official recording station in Kansas City. I provided a link to the source of the data. In the uproar that followed I was accused of being a flat-earther. Others said that their yard temperatures gauges had recorded many triple digit days, and on and on. Instead of banning the hysterical crowd I got the boot. Nextdoor is a San Francisco based social network company. No surprise there!

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