One of the standards I generally assume is taught to Americans is the classic example of the practical limits of free speech.
This is typically expressed as, “Don’t yell “fire” in a movie theater.”
Another standard, at least to me, is the chain of evidence, the “fruit from the poisonous tree.”
Empire Avenue is a poisonous tree.
Twitter has often claimed to allow parody, commentary and newsfeeds in their emails to me when they don’t suspend accounts that are impersonating me.
Eventually these accounts get suspended, but Empire Avenue uses them to muddy up the record, and to continue to harass.
This is clear to most reasonable observers, but remains unclear to Twitter.
Youtube took down the video quickly upon my report.
Twitter moderation cannot identify the MOST BLATANT false impersonation accounts.
This account has numerous tweets that openly claim to be me, and that is expressly against Twitter’s Terms of Service.
They of course have suspended such parody, commentary and newsfeeds accounts as @realempireave, @trueempireave, @truecrankypants, and many others.
Clearly Twitter cannot find the thread of truth here. That I am a customer of Empire Avenue’s, and after June or early July bought the “leadership” package.
And that I am blogging about customer service and consumer affairs issues, which is perfect legal, and in this case, entirely appropriate.
And that I use parody to do so. Certainly there is no definition of “parody” that includes the fact that those parodied must agree to their depictions.
That my parody expresses truth is certain.
That Twitter has suspended me for truth, when celebrating free speech has actually occured.
Empire Avenue has a three year record of attacks on their own customers, as documented by Chris Voss.
When I bought the “leadership” package from Empire Avenue, I had every expectation that the attacks on customers would cease.
I had emailed Terri Nakamura, and she had talked to @Dups, the former CEO and current Board Member, and she told me he was allowing me back.
I assumed, incorrectly, that Dups would be SHOCKED at the attacks going on, and would act to stop them and fairly enforce the Terms of Service.
I later found out that @dups has knowledge of these attacks by Gareth Davies, as Gareth has tweeted to Dups quite openly as he conducts them.
Gareth also has a history of attacking other cusotmers of Empire Avenue to make false claims about me.
The child in question seems frightened, but Gareth never responded back to ease his concerns.
And threatening players mothers.
This predator, Gareth Davies, is a member of leadership at Empire Avenue.
Even as Keith Gill ran false advertising missions through Empire Avenue (Sales 4 Life later edited the article based on my reporting), trolled me both on my blog and in missions, on twitter, etc, Empire Avenue suspended me for “mission abuse” for creating missions to let other Empire Avenue leadership and players know what he was doing.
This is exactly what Empire Avenue expected their leadership to do. Rather than discuss the issue in the leadership forum itself (which having purchased the package would have been entirely appropriate to do, as false advertising stains us all), I created missions.
Yes, I had the top 3 trending missions on Empire Avenue.
Obviously Empire Avenue plays favorites as Kevin Green’s accounts that I reported on are spamola, Gareth Davies is able to attack whomever he wants, whenever he wants, even as Empire Avenue “support” acknowledges I am their customer.
What kind of company announces their intent to bully their own customer? Empire Avenue.
What kind of social media company allows a business partner intent on bullying their (and twitter’s) customers do so? Twitter. And only twitter.
The other social media companies I have filed complaints with have acted with alacrity to remove the offending materials.
Keith Gill had threatening imagery removed from Instagram, for example.
AND even as Empire Avenue leadership and team leader Nance Larson openly lies about their authority on Twitter.
All Twitter should have to know about Empire Avenue is expressed in this exchange with Team Leader Nance Larson.
This is how Empire Avenue treats customers. In utter bad faith. And they can attack their customers, and twitter’s, openly on Twitter.
Nance in fact did not deny such posts exist. And they are posts by a leader of Empire Avenue, that is clearly influential despite denials, Brand Manager/Admins and other leadership of Empire Avenue also participating in those threads.
Team Leader Nance Larson did not deny that the posts exist. She would be unwise to as they certainly do or did exist, and were read by many Empire Avenue players.
Twitter, apparently suspended my main 8 accounts based upon the reports of these liars.
And Twitter has spent the better part of the last 6 months chain suspending me for creating accounts that I believe fully comply with their ToS.
If they allow commentary, newsfeed and parody accounts, and I am in fact doing consumer affairs blogging on a company I also happen to be a customer of and in leadership of, and indeed am a satirist, why do they suspend me?
Because they will simply lie. Twitter moderation has claimed that the threatening tweets from Nancy Abt are not on their servers.
Twitter moderation is so intent on protecting certain others, that they will openly lie. Blatantly.
Even as they chain suspend me based on lies of this woman, Nancy Abt, who is otherwise openly able to threaten, harass, intimidate and troll.
As you can see, celebrating free speech, and NOT tweeting Nancy Abt, while telling the truth, telling my followers that Nancy Abt was lying, is considered targetted abuse.
I had her blocked. Have indeed never threatened her. She has threatened me, several times.
For telling the truth about her, a celebrity.
Yet Twitter, in their rush to judgement, their inability to determine what newsfeeds, commentary or parody are, suspended me.
And left me suspended for over a month.
So when Twitter @policy puts out tweets and blogs that say they give voice to the voiceless, just know that’s not true.
Not im my case, they have spent 6 months suspending me for truth, based on the lies of people that want the blogging about what Empire Avenue is, and does to their own customers (much of it openly, and on twitter) for 3 years, suppressed.
Twitter indeed does suck at dealing with abuse. I have to agree with Twitter CEO DIck Costolo.
Particularly when it’s a business that twitter does business with, doing the abusing.
Bravo. Twitter, bravo.
And all you have to know about Twitter’s commitment to customer service is expressed here.
Twitter’s words are meaningless when compared to their actions.
When I tweeted Twitter General council @vijaya (Vijaya Gadde) asking for help, she blocked me.
Consumer affairs and customer service blogging is perfectly valid.
Consumer affairs and customer service blogging is perfectly valid.
And the San Francisco DA’s office agrees. Interceding twice to have me unsuspended, by these supposed champions of the voiceless.
Twitter really should stop listening to liars when deciding on whom to suspend. Or whom to unsuspend.
And moderation shouldn’t lie about the tweets not being on their servers.
We continue to fight for greater transparency regarding customer service and consumer affairs and we hope Twitter indeed comprehensively reforms.
Welcome to “chilling effects” on free speech. Welcome to consumer affairs mediation with the San Francisco DA’s office, Twitter. Thanks for unsuspending me.
Twitter has created a virtual environment of threats and abuse that emulates what my friend Shahidul Alam protests against in Bangaladesh.
This is America, we’re supposed to be better than threats.
Indeed Empire Avenue leadership has been suspended for violent threats and tweeting my private information.
Empire Avenue is a company Twitter does business with. Well played, twitter.
Mr. Roy was murdered in Bangladesh over a year ago. For blogging.
I am a blogger, as well.
I have been explaining this patiently, to twitter, since September in over 300 archived emails.
So is Lili a blogger. Lili is returning as an editor to this blog, not solely on the Wine blog, as of right now.
We are unafraid, and will not be bullied, intimidated or harassed into silence.
This is with or without Twitter’s acting to protect us, their customers from Empire Avenue, twitter’s business partner.
It’s clear that Twitter protects some, and suspends others, regardless of the truth of the matter.
I hope they fix this.
I hope they stop enacting polices that protect business. They do so according to reporting in the Houston Chron.
I have no idea how consumer affairs and customer service blogging doesn’t help those businesses identify issues that affect their bottom line.
After all, if you attack your own customers, or allow them to be attacked, most will leave if the attacks persist and are not fixed, and that customer is affected.
This is entirely in their own self interest, and is reasonable.
Yet CEO DIck Costolo, seems to only be interested in protecting “core users”. What about us apparently “un-core” users?
Some might just stay and blog about it, however, as they explore consumer affairs remedies available to consumers that are short of actual litigation.
This includes mediation services offered by the San Francisco DA’s office.
It’s simply not “old news” and these are not lies.
In fact this news, has now made Google News.
I just can’t tweet this image, as I may be suspended for telling the truth in satirical form.
Twitter and Empire Avenue should know that suppressing truth is #fail, however.