Twitter’s recently announced policy changes continue to produce a mixed bag of results.
Social Media Consultant Jason Chandler Cushman of Colorado (Opinionated Man, @smokendust) began cyber bullying me to attempt to stop critique of The Wine Wankers blog on top social media wine personalities after news media questioned the veracity of their list.
In Opinionated Man’s case Twitter indicates, after I provided additional context they requested, that WordPress hosts the content. And that I should report the issue to WordPress.
Tweets by Gareth Davies (@me_gareth of Empire Avenue Leadership) and social media consultant Jason Cushman (Opinionated Man, @smokendust) have been deleted, consistent with Twitter’s newly announced policy.
However, Twitter indicates in Gareth Davies case that he has not broken the policy (despite deleting the tweet).
And Twitter deleted Opinionated Man’s tweet as well. This is consistent with the changes announced.
On the enforcement side, in addition to other actions we already take in response to abuse violations (such as requiring users to delete content or verify their phone number)
I have forwarded Twitter’s response to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And written the following to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter support and CC’d the SF DA’s office, Consumer Protection Unit as both Twitter and WordPress are headquartered in San Francisco.
As I am a California resident, and familiar with CA law (And Federal law; ie the Communications Decency Act), Twitter and WordPress policies are of primary interest to me.
The exploitation of immunity granted under the Federal act allows social media companies to not act in the case of obvious predators such as Opinionated Man.
Unless you have the resources to sue a financial giant. Most don’t.
I don’t think you should have to sue, however. I think Twitter and WordPress should act responsibly to protect their customers.
Body of email follows:
As you can see, Twitter indicates the content is hosted on your servers.
I’m unsure why the type written words on OM’s (Opinionated Man is @smokendust) which form a clear and concise message of a threat aren’t considered to be on their servers, however I’m advising you of their decision.
That Opinionated Man blogs to lie about his tweets only establishes a guilty conscience.
That OM can seemingly exploit your policies to threaten not only myself, but have targeted at least 3 other bloggers, is a serious problem, I think.
(blog links noted in satirical work on tweet)
One thing that wasn’t clear enough I think for you.
When OM “abusively reblogs” it’s not the technical act of reblogging that is the problem, it’s the abusive messages he leaves as part of that reblog.
Given his overt threats, ability and intent to switch IP’s to avoid blacklisting and being sent to spam, targeting not only myself, but others, targeting new bloggers, (perhaps they would grow into paying customers if not subjected to OM’s targeting?) and intent to attack others utilizing their free speech. I continue to be astounded he’s allowed to engage in such conduct on WordPress, and quite frankly on twitter.
To top it all off he attacks your forum volunteers that work hard to provide GOOD advice, and not bad advice.
He’s a case study of the worst social media consultant, (he has monetized his blog, worked 20 contracts in his own words, and continues to seek donations, and at late as last October begged for more work) and is damaging to your business as people find he’s tolerated and they are dismayed when they see the truth of the matter.
I suspect that many WON’T speak out because of the very purposefully crafted intimidating nature of OM’s blog, including the threats he openly blogs that’s he an asshole, he will target you, and you’ve had your warning.
Opinionated Man accepts that he is a bully.
Opinionated Man accepts the label of troll.
And he openly uses his blog to attack others with coercive threats, bullying and intimidation.
Opinionated Man started bullying me on or about the 7th of August, 2014 in order to stop the critique of The Wine Wankers blog.
Given that my blogs were about The Wine Wankers, and journalists were not only inquiring about the accuracy of their list, and were questioning The Wine Wankers about my blog, OM’s claiming a blog ABOUT THE WINE WANKERS to be about him should show you his absolute intent to lie, bully and intervene in order to stop free speech and the free exchange of ideas.
(This is my blog, Klout shared it. They have disseminated over 40 blogs to my knowledge. They don’t email or advise what they are sharing, so I really don’t know how many. For a small blogger, I’m thankful for their shares.
The Blog is about The WIne Wankers… (@winewankers).
I emailed his mom, because he’s dangerously out of control and targeting people. His wife wants him to stop blogging.
He ignores his wifes entreaties, even as he blogs about abusing her at night in his sleep.
Because OM games his SEO, he thinks everyone does. This is projecting. (This is actually a comment. I allowed it just to maintain the personal attack on me, but also his lack of credibility. I somehow made top 10 lists on klout for expertise in humor and twitter.
This is a reflection of my quality content, and knowledge of humor as demonstrated. That I learned about Twitter because I blog about the cyberbullying and attacks they have allowed, is also documented.
It is Opinionated Man that plagiarized, spam follows and has been suspended for spam following.
He purposefully targets new bloggers to WordPress because he needs to churn followers to build his audience as he attempts to monetize his blog.
After starting the bullying, he now feels he’s a victim. he’s simply evidence of what Twitter and WordPress allow.
I ping his blogs so people can see exactly what he’s saying as I blog about it.
That I am doing more by myself to protect your customers/consumers than you are should be profoundly disappointing to you.
I hope you will see, by reviewing all categories, tags, OM’s blog, and his comments on my blog that he created a persona as a cyber bully and predator, announced his intent to do so, and followed through with that activity.
I continue to write to warn your customers, even as he targets new bloggers on your platform. Their risk is that they can lose their accounts if they actually followed his purposefully bad advice.
And you have allowed it.
It’s ALL IN HIS OWN WORDS.
This man is a threat to your customers.
I had never written about OM until he showed up to cyber bully me out of writing about The WIne Wankers.
I have never threatened anyone, at any time. In person, online, with smoke signals or any other means of communication. I cannot believe you when you guys say you care about your customers, yet tolerate Opinionated Man’s abuse.
Free speech is not served when one party (opinionated Man) is allowed to overtly state his intent to cyberbully and follow through on it, and the platforms he acts on do not intervene.
Opinionated Man knows he’s an asshole, and considers it art.
It’s not that hard for me to understand. Opinionated Man has with malice aforethought set up a blog and built it as big as he can for the purpose of being able to bully others like he, a lifelong victim of bullying, has been bullied.
And he has followed through with that intent, targeting at least 3 bloggers.
And WordPress and Twitter allow Opinionated Man to engage in this conduct.
CC: SF DA’s Office, Consumer Protection.
CA DoJ PIU Unit, x-ref 615640
PS: The @winewankers currently rank at #2 on Klouts wine list. The cyber bullying and attacks by OM were carried out with the full knowledge of @winewankers.
@Kloutsupport has been great, and extremely helpful with multiple issues online. Their support firmly contracts with that I and others have received from Twitter and WordPress.
Klout support on this so they are aware, and can consider the credibility of @winewankers vis a vis their algorithm and Klout score.