Twitter suspended the official account for the pro-life-themed movie, “Unplanned.” They restored it a bit later, after several people wrote in to complain.
After several users screenshotted notices of the suspension on the service and tagged Twitter and its co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, the account returned. “Thank you everyone for your support in letting @Jack & @Twitter know when our Unplanned Movie account was recently suspended without cause. We are back and excited for the great response we’re getting in theaters this weekend. #grateful,” read its first tweet after the disappearance.source
According to Twitter, Unplanned was not suspended on purpose, but rather was linked to another account that had violated Twitter’s rules. When one account violates those rules, the system then cracks down on linked accounts to mitigate the risk that the original, banned account would simply move accounts. After reviewing this case a second time, Twitter decided the Unplannedaccount should not be affected by the other’s suspension and restored it.source
Sure…somehow an account was linked to an official movie account, and was summarily banned because of something that other account did. Naw….this was a customer service agent who did not like the content of the account, plain and simple.
“It is a sad time we live in when corporations can remove individuals freedom of speech at will. When did we empower these corporations to have such authority? More importantly, why do we empower them to do so?” Cary Solomon, the co-writer and co-director of the film, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
After all the censorship woes Conservative folks on Twitter have gone through (and to which Twitter admitted), I am not surprised at all by this “mistake.” @Jack You have some real assholes working for you. You need to hire someone to put your own policies in check because you’re living in the clouds on this one.
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