According to Fogg, the tech company gave no official explanation as to why he had been banned. Aside from a single post made a few days earlier, Fogg’s Twitter feed had not been active over the prior week. Thus, he had no idea what caused the ban.
At first, he did nothing about the ban, because according to him, “I personally think that Twitter is a garbage dump that brings out the worst in people.” He also said that Twitter has a horrible reputation for going after those with whom the company disagrees while allowing violent and abhorrent behavior to continue from users with aligned ideologues.
After three days, Fogg was able to find an old Twitter insider acquaintance of his who was finally able to shed light on the reason for the ban. The insider, who wished to remain anonymous, does not work in the department that is responsible for moderating content, but was able to find out that the ban was due to the single post segment of the Declaration of Independence.
Fogg was stunned to find this out. “This (The Declaration) is a deep-rooted part of the heritage of the very ideas that permit a company like Twitter to exist!”, he exclaimed. “So, now talking about freedom and living according to your own desire is a crime that gets punished on Twitter?”
The following is the text that was posted to Twitter in the form of an image taken via a Google search:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.-
-That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Upon finding out that Twitter had banned him, Fogg did use the appeal process to attempt to find out the purpose of the ban. To date, Twitter has never responded to inquiries regarding the matter. Fogg’s Twitter insider acquaintance told Internet Deputy that any response is unlikely. Twitter has made it clear, through the company’s internal communication, that it has no concern for any user that does not lean in the same direction politically as the company itself.
The insider also warned Internet Deputy to be careful of using the site at all. When asked whether Twitter was planning a massive purge of right-leaning users, he said “It is way more scary than that.” When asked to expound on his statement, he said, “Just remember, Twitter collects everything they can on every user—every tweet, personal message, pic, whatever. What do you think they are doing with that information?” When pressed for more information, his response was, “That’s all I’m gonna say.”
Twitter’s future is uncertain at this point. Its continued attack on, and silencing of people who believe in freedom, or more than half of the citizens of the United States, will likely take its toll on the company. Prior to the announcement of Donald Trump’s intent to run for President, the tech giant was hemorrhaging users.
Once Trump made the announcement in 2015, his followers increased the Twitter ranks and, in a lazy attempt at news reporting, “journalists” increased their coverage of Trump’s Twitter feed, which of course generated more interest in the previously flailing site. Now that Donald Trump is no longer the active President of the United States, it is difficult to say what will keep users interested.
The Trump boost to Twitter’s users has even caused some in the tech industry to speculate that the former president could have devastated the company by moving to a different social media company midway through his presidency.
At this point, it seems that Twitter is content to continue silencing and purging users, like Jason Fogg, who simply believe in the concept of personal liberty.