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Knee-Jerk Account Bans Will Destroy Twitter


Thankfully, Twitter chose to reactivate the account of Glenn Reynolds, a.k.a. Instapundit this morning. Twitter suspended the account of the University of Tennessee law professor because of a Tweet that purportedly encouraged drivers on interstates who are surrounded by rioters to “run them down.”

That’s not a nice thing to say, but should it be considered so offensive and beyond the pale that Reynolds’ account needed to be suspended? Almost anyone involved in politics on Twitter has had virulently offensive or anti-Semitic crap like this sent their way (save yourself a click, it’s a leech labeled as Jewish) on a regular basis, and those accounts either never get suspended or the vile little trolls just set up new accounts. But this tweet by Reynolds — one of the most even-tempered men you’ll ever meet – somehow warranted the Twitter equivalent of the death sentence, or at least exile. The Twitter account suspension standard is now clear. There isn’t any objective measure of whether a Tweet is threatening or offensive. The real question is, does it bother someone at Twitter? – READ MORE

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