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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Twitter takes out McCain

The thought police at Twitter are ramping up their activity:
Robert Stacy McCain is an American success story. He has built a nationwide, dare I say worldwide following presenting his viewpoint and highlighting the public viewpoints of others who would rather keep their actual words and opinions under the radar because Robert Stacy McCain is loyal to his family, his God, his friends and the Truth.

I know this because I’m proud to say he is my friend. I’ve learned an awful lot from him the most important thing being there is no substitute for actually being there, gathering factual evidence, seeing for yourself and reporting the truth.

I guess that’s why Twitter’s new Star Chamber has decided to Suspend him sometime yesterday evening:

    I’m Robert Stacy McCain. I’ve been a journalist since 1986. My account @rsmccain was suspended tonight. #FreeStacy #tcot @ToniMZ81

    — Sex Trouble (@SexTroubleBook) February 20, 2016

    “@citznsoldier: This account suspension stuff is getting stupid. @twitter @rsmccain pic.twitter.com/dlckr17fsw” Very stupid

    — headnev (@headnev) February 20, 2016

Ironically this caused the hashtag #freestacy to trend on twitter overnight until it suddenly no longer was able to autocomplete

    The hashtag associated with McCain’s suspension (#FreeStacy) was actually allowed to trend, at one point, but as Mike Cernovich points out, now it won’t even autocomplete. That’s one of the tools Twitter has been using to slow down hashtags, as of late. GamerGate no longer autocompletes, either, even though several anti-GG hashtags do.

    #FreeStacy is trending. @instapundit pic.twitter.com/y4C2azmWzr

    — Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 20, 2016

Now in fairness Twitter is a private company and they do have the right to run their business as they see fit.

But I submit and suggest to twitter & their investors that the way to success is not to alienate half of your potential customer base particularly in an election year, furthermore as anyone who knows anything about tech can tell you today’s popular site can become tomorrow’s AOL & Compuserve in a heartbeat.
Glenn Reynolds is not the only one losing patience with Twitter.

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64 Comments:

Blogger Cecil Henry February 20, 2016 9:26 AM  

Twitter: Say what you like, but get our approval first!!

After all, diversity means everyone MUST think alike about 'diversity'

Blogger Melampus the Seer February 20, 2016 9:49 AM  

We need alternative platforms. Deplatforming is the very basis of SJW institutional tactics, and it works. Let's use it ourselves, on our own platforms.

A related question: why haven't conservatives built their own platforms? I've worked for a number of startups. They were all hard left to the core. Why so few conservative entrepreneurs?

Blogger Josh February 20, 2016 9:51 AM  

Y'all see sparkle punter get absolutely shived by clay travis?

Blogger David of One February 20, 2016 9:58 AM  

"in fairness" shit!

Marxists by any other name worked long and hard convoluting the right of Free Speech and freedom of association.

From "Yelling 'Fire' in a movie theater" to private business being "public", Marxists and their varied flavors continued to fashion a single edged sword of their own wielding.

So we have a public businesses based on communication between varied individuals but the people of colored and varied opinions are being kept from full public access.

It is one thing if they don't like certain thoughts and ideas, but they don't want others to to have the freedom to associate and discuss amongst themselves in a forum specifically designed for communication between people and groups of people.

Only their thoughts and their ideas will be permitted ... so their private business aims to control very public thoughts, ideas and speech for profit and marxist political agendas.

OpenID paworldandtimes February 20, 2016 10:11 AM  

Now in fairness Twitter is a private company and they do have the right to run their business as they see fit.

Fuck that. So were the Alabama lunch counters. Twitter is a public acommodation/utility and they need to be paying every AltRighter they suspended on ideological grounds.

PA

Blogger Mastermind February 20, 2016 10:17 AM  

I once asked RS McCain how many votes his and the GOP's anti-raycissm campaign got him and he called me a troll and blocked me. I dismissed him as a grifter ever since.

Anonymous The other robot February 20, 2016 10:23 AM  

I for one would be happy to see Twitter go down the shitter.

Indeed, the whole VC pro-SJW crap can go with it.

Anonymous The other robot February 20, 2016 10:25 AM  

After all, diversity means everyone MUST think alike about 'diversity'

After all, diversity means no one is allowed to think.

There, FIFY.

Blogger ScottD February 20, 2016 10:26 AM  

I know you guys are busy and all, but someone needs to take a serious look at Allison Shea (now known as Dell Harvey) the head of Twitter's Trust & Safety gestapo. She has a very interesting past with "To Catch a Predator", and now protects pedophiles on Twitter?

Blogger David of One February 20, 2016 10:26 AM  

One quick note ... I was watching a movie called "Child 44" based on a novel by Tom Rob Smith about the 1950's Soviet Russia.

I found the movie extremely disturbing as what was being done then is the beginning of what is being done here and now.

The movie is supposed to be a "mystery" but that is very much secondary to the depiction of the depravity and perversity of Marxism and Totalitarianism.

There are no good Marxists ... not dead, not alive and not yet born.

Anonymous The other robot February 20, 2016 10:29 AM  

OT, but a German Mayor reveals his tastes.

Anonymous The other robot February 20, 2016 10:33 AM  

On second thoughts, since Twitter seems to be all about sexual deviancy, maybe my item was not off topic.

Blogger fisher man February 20, 2016 10:37 AM  

I am working in a twitter like replacement that will be encrypted at the distribution level, so an admin cannot filter out messages.

I am not sure when this project will see the light of day, as it is more of a hobby, experiment than business idea. It is something that would avoid all these issues though. Perhaps a proof of concept.

Anonymous Slowpoke February 20, 2016 10:41 AM  

Hey vox. Now that twitter has taken editorial control of all they publish, they're responsible for any libel/slander against anyone that is tweeted. Lawfare anyone?

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 20, 2016 10:45 AM  

I haven't been shadow banned yet.

I can't help but be disappointed by that.

I really need to up my game.

Blogger VD February 20, 2016 10:59 AM  

Lawfare anyone?

Slowpoke indeed.

Anonymous Instasetting February 20, 2016 11:00 AM  

I learned the statement ---Racism has Five A's, as in someone screaming, RAAAAACISM-- from RSM.

So if Mastermind got banned, he probably deserved it.

Then there is RSM's Rules of Feminists.
1. She's Crazy.
2. She's Evil.
3. If in doubt, assume #1 and #2 are correct.

He argues, from reading a very large stack of Feminist books, that Feminism was founded on helping mentally ill women deal with their illness by creating a political problem out of it.

Blogger Mastermind February 20, 2016 11:06 AM  

I didn't get banned, it was on twitter. McCain has always skimmed the edge of Establishment respectability while lifting a lot of his content from the alt right (any interesting idea you saw on McCain's blog was probably written somewhere else first) and sanitizing it for a broader audience so it's amusing that Twitter SJWs didn't even bother with any shadowbanning like they do with actual alt-right writers and simply rolled the bulldozer over his skull like that.

Anonymous BigGayKoranBurner February 20, 2016 11:13 AM  

A related question: why haven't conservatives built their own platforms?

Leftists are willing to lose money to hold all the platforms. If a conservative made a twit alternative Soros would offer more stolen money for it, than it was worth. As seen here Twitter is only worth losing money with if you can silence your enemies.

tweeted. Lawfare anyone? You can try but if you get a jewish judge and a jewish opposing attorney how do you think it will play out even with an obvious clear cut case?

Fuck that. So were the Alabama lunch counters

Unless if twiter is blocking pictures of gay wedding cakes I doubt any judge would side with free speech.

After all, diversity means no one is allowed to think die verse city now means conformity.

There are no good Marxists ... not dead, not alive You have to admit they are far better dead

Blogger Hostem Populi February 20, 2016 11:29 AM  

@18 They aren't that smart. McCain was harmless to them in the long run, but now they've managed to alert the big establishment conservatives. They could have just banned the entire alt right and gotten away with it.

The people running the Twitter secret police are not strategic thinkers.

Blogger praetorian February 20, 2016 11:32 AM  

A related question: why haven't conservatives built their own platforms? I've worked for a number of startups. They were all hard left to the core. Why so few conservative entrepreneurs?

It's an interesting question. Early on in the computer revolution, it was people comfortable with change that were at the distinct advantage, and this meant liberals and (more so) libertarians. Liberals tended to dominate that group for the same reason why they dominate libertarianism politically: when one side's version of fighting is to not fight, that side is gonna have a bad time. See O’Sullivan’s Law.

What is interesting about today is a couple of things:

First off, the SJWs are overplaying their hand badly and (better) don't even really recognize it. The complete dominance of the left in the mental space of the media/tech complex makes them blind to the fact that they are alienating normies at a terrific rate.

Second, we are entering/have entered a period of stasis on the technology front: Moore's law is coming to an end, computers do what they do about as well as they can do it, cell phones are about as interesting as they can get for now. Famous last words, I know, but consider: is a laptop you buy today that much better than one you bought five years ago? Compare that will a laptop bought ten years ago, or fifteen. The pace of change has dramatically slowed. Of consider Facebook. Is it that much different than MySpace or Friendster? No. So it wasn't a technical advance that made Facebook Facebook, but rather sociological/zeitgiest changes.

So the good news is that conservatives, on the technology axis, can simply copy the existing technologies, perhaps with small innovations and with better implementations, which are conservative strong points. The hard part is the mixed technical/non-technical aspect of getting normies to find value in these alternative platforms and move over. Obviously in The Project Whose Name Shall Not Be Spoken, this is a major focus.

Us peons can help by taking a split approach: provoke, agree and amplify The SJW Signal (worse is better) and then defend the people attacked by the SJW machine with rhetoric aimed at normies. When the time comes, a sad tweet or two about free speech and how this new apolitical platform appears to be the best alternative will be our contribution to The Big Switch.

Oh what a day! What a lovely day!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 20, 2016 11:40 AM  

Mastermind I doubt RSM believes Anti-racism is anything more than anti-white, but then again conservatives being bag holders for lefty stupidity is possible

Blogger Derrick Bonsell February 20, 2016 11:42 AM  

Twitter is arguably a "public space," this "It's a private company" argument needs to stop being used as an excuse for Twitter's bad behavior.

Blogger Dexter February 20, 2016 11:45 AM  

First off, the SJWs are overplaying their hand badly and (better) don't even really recognize it. The complete dominance of the left in the mental space of the media/tech complex makes them blind to the fact that they are alienating normies at a terrific rate.

Why should they care? They're winning.

Just look at the even-more-dead countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia. The SJWs have shit all over the normal people and all that happens is grumbling online comments in newspaper articles (which are often as not quickly deleted). SJWs will not care until they get some serious, real-world pushback.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell February 20, 2016 11:46 AM  

That "you can't (falsely) shout fire in a crowded theater" line comes from a SCOTUS decision upholding the imprisonment of a Socialist who made pamphlets opposing the draft during WW1. It's not from Marxists, and that ruling was overturned in Brandenburg vs. Ohio.

Blogger Mastermind February 20, 2016 11:50 AM  

@20 the big establishment conservatives are all geriatric boomer+ cucks who can barely use a computer and I doubt most of them even know who McCain is.

the pro establishment hordes might whine a little but they won't do anything just like they don't do anything against any of the other countless indignities inflicted on them by the left, they're too busy crying about how mean Trump is to their enemies.

Anonymous antipater_1 February 20, 2016 11:52 AM  

Commenter #6 Mastermind says: "I once asked RS McCain how many votes his and the GOP's anti-raycissm campaign got him and he called me a troll and blocked me. I dismissed him as a grifter ever since".

Boy are you right Mastermind. I remember 7 or 8 years ago the late Laurence Auster demolished RS McCain in a "comment war" about McCain's useless "movement conservatism".

McCain was left sputtering and shrieking like the typical cuckservative.

Blogger Chris Mallory February 20, 2016 11:54 AM  

R.S. McCain is a big government, big war loving, Israel Firster NeoCon. He hasn't been worth reading since 12 Sept 01.

Blogger Ron February 20, 2016 12:04 PM  

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Blogger rcocean February 20, 2016 12:14 PM  

When they go after a Cuck like RS McCain things are really getting bad on twitter.

Anonymous Just Sayin' February 20, 2016 12:19 PM  

Any idea if he did something stupid to get himself banned?

I wouldn't think they'd go after him yet, he's too establishment / anti-racist.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 12:25 PM  

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Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 12:26 PM  

On R.S. McCain.

At first liked him. He actually was accused of being a NeoConfederate. That right there put him on my good side.

He posted about how the NSA spying on us was good and how that Snowden was a traitor.

I posted the definition of traitor and asked him how exposing what our government was doing to us is being a traitor (violating the 4th, etc.).

Never had a rebuttal. Ran away.

He is up there with Ilana Mercer as interesting people, that when taken to task on their errant views, runs away or blocks. (Added David Limbaugh to the list recently via Twitt).

His attacks on feminism are great, but he is an edgy cuckservative.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 12:30 PM  

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Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 12:32 PM  

To note.

Ilana was taken to task that "Clinton balanced the budget". I asked her to explain how he did that. Was it not just the economy growing due to the hard work of people, credit/tech economic bubble, and, of course, how the govt. accounts as well (soc. security being put in the general fund ad infinitum). No response and blocked.

D. Limbaugh accuses anyone that supports nationalism as being a Nazi. When asked to show what conservatives have conserved (while giving examples of what they have not conserved and how our demographic changes will end up in a non English Common Law supporting electorate) he non responded and blocked.

Anonymous BGKB February 20, 2016 12:32 PM  

Any idea if he did something stupid to get himself banned?

Someone asked him if he ever meet a black in real life as smart as seen on TV

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 12:34 PM  

But Twitter is/are SJWs, and they always lie, and they should be destroyed.

Blogger Thucydides February 20, 2016 12:41 PM  

I have not partaken of social media, and now see that clearly my choice was the correct one.

Can't wait to see how Vox and his army of minions, ilk etc will stick a fork into them. More popcorn please.

Anonymous paradox February 20, 2016 1:27 PM  

Twitter needs to be slapped with a discrimination lawsuit. If gays can force Christians to bake cakes, then Milo can sue for gay discrimination and Robert can sue for religious discrimination.

Blogger Cecil Henry February 20, 2016 1:40 PM  

How can you tell if you;ve been banned, blocked or shadow banned on Twitter??

I suspect when it says my tweets were sent that sometimes they are NOT sent.

I think I've been blocked by the diversity loving Premier Wynne of Ontario. But can't tell.

She just hates thoughtcrime.

Blogger Atomic Agent 13 February 20, 2016 1:42 PM  

Considering that Spike Lee literally sent an angry mob to someone's house using his twitter account but was never banned for it, should tell you what kind of jackasses run twitter.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian February 20, 2016 1:43 PM  

@36

Someone asked him if he ever meet a black in real life as smart as seen on TV


Was that you doing the akin', Biggie?

Blogger 1337kestrel February 20, 2016 2:03 PM  

I am working in a twitter like replacement that will be encrypted at the distribution level, so an admin cannot filter out messages.

Ultimately, it has to be an open platform, p2p like RSS and bitcoin, with identities verified by keys rather than central servers.

A robust cal based tagging system and ratings system will have to be used to simultaneously flag abuse and identify those who flag abuse fraudulently- i.e., your user end will learn who you trust and who you don't, and treat flags accordingly. Also this will allow crowd sourced porn and spam filtering.

Blogger 1337kestrel February 20, 2016 2:03 PM  

Xml not cal gonsarnit

Anonymous Steve February 20, 2016 3:38 PM  

Stacy's card has been marked by Twatter ever since he started criticising the tranny paedo known as "Sarah Butts".

Make of that what you will.

Blogger Doom February 20, 2016 4:00 PM  

I don't know about Stacey. He was just as policing of incorrect thought as any of the others. He is a died-in-the-wool GOP, maybe GOPe, frontman with no tolerance for doubt. I broke ranks hard when he was pushing McCain, or was it Romney. No room for those who doubt, or outright are against, the party favorite. Nice to see him getting a taste of his own soft-serve. Here I broke ranks with almost every one of your picks, but wasn't kicked off the site. Fuck him.

Anonymous Quartermaster February 20, 2016 4:18 PM  

RSM has been suspended before. This is the first time he's had an account closed, however. He's gotten there by daring to quote leftists and holding them up to ridicule. Quoting a a leftard is harassment in leftard coin.

The people I've seen banned over the TOM are those that tend to be abusive to others in the comments. Simple disagreement doesn't get you banned. Wombat is th4e guardian of the comments section and doesn't tolerate abusive behavior when disagreeing.

Blogger LP9 Rin Integra S.I.G. Burnin' Up, Dune soaked, 80 svedka - The Lord overrides all! February 20, 2016 4:33 PM  

Hell no! "Don't you dare think, fear, stress is hypnotic and good, just obey, consume, turn into a beast" (very well known music video protest message; Disturbed)

Expect LP didn't load for me at all. I try again later - I was ending the account.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 20, 2016 4:49 PM  

Dexter wrote:First off, the SJWs are overplaying their hand badly and (better) don't even really recognize it. The complete dominance of the left in the mental space of the media/tech complex makes them blind to the fact that they are alienating normies at a terrific rate.

Why should they care? They're winning.


You're thinking too small. SJW was always destined to fail because it is an ideology of losers. Their temporary success was predicated upon the tolerance of better people. Anyway, losers always find a way to lose because success, to them, happens by some kind of magic.

In contrast, the reason Nazism was so dangerous was that it was an ideology of winners. Still evil, but a more effective form.

Blogger Aeoli Pera February 20, 2016 5:06 PM  

A related question: why haven't conservatives built their own platforms? I've worked for a number of startups. They were all hard left to the core. Why so few conservative entrepreneurs?

It's a demographic thing. Every great programmer is an aspie named Erik. Three in four Scandinavians are retarded liberals living in cities, breeding below replacement and building virtue-signalling apps for Web 2.0, but one in four is a schizophrenic conservative kook living innawoods. See also: Temple OS.

Anyway conservative entrepreneurs prefer concrete, "normal" businesses.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 20, 2016 5:34 PM  

Doom wrote:I broke ranks hard when he was pushing McCain, or was it Romney.

No, RSM never did that. His disparagement of "Cousin John" was legendary.
Many things, but not GOPe

Blogger SciVo February 20, 2016 6:33 PM  

Just Sayin' wrote:Any idea if he did something stupid to get himself banned?

In his last article before the suspension, he embedded some of his recent tweets, and in one of them he used the full title of Milo's latest project, which is the Dangerous Faggot Tour. That's the only thing I can think of that they could possibly use as a pretext.

I wouldn't think they'd go after him yet, he's too establishment / anti-racist.

He said in the comments that he's taking a deliberately hands-off approach to the primaries this time; he's completely focused on taking down Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton specifically. And I would guess that he's tacitly anti-anti-racist, given that his "police blotter" entries are enough to make anyone a race realist without any commentary required.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 20, 2016 7:16 PM  

@RSM's sole crime was being anti-feminist. HYe gtook on Jessica Valenti, Amanda Marcott, Sarkeesian, John Flynt, and Zoe Quinn on his blot and on twitter.
He was one of the few mainstream journos to actually get gamergate.

Anonymous BGKB February 20, 2016 7:52 PM  

Was that you doing the akin', Biggie?
No I am BigGaySteve528, that was BigGaySteve526, I can understand how it could be confusing.

Blogger Doom February 20, 2016 8:16 PM  

Snidely,

I'd have to look. I do know that for one of them my posts disappeared. I tried to contact him to no avail. All in all, fuck him. No friend of mine or open discourse.

Blogger dfordoom February 20, 2016 9:34 PM  

Now in fairness Twitter is a private company and they do have the right to run their business as they see fit.

I'm not sure I believe that any more. Given the immense power and influence that companies like Twitter wield, given their ability to undermine or civilisation, to trash everything that is worthwhile, to enforce their world-view - given all those things does it really make sense to say they can go on with their work of destruction with impunity?

Does it make sense that mega-corporations can destroy our society and face no consequences?

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 20, 2016 10:29 PM  

If they are going down the tubes this fast, it might be a save-the-furniture operation by hyping the hugbox features for SJW projects. They are doing a good job pushing people away. I haven't used my regular account for a few years and my shit posting one @VFM7359 if I'm really bored.

Blogger Charlie Martel 7359 February 20, 2016 10:33 PM  

One other thing: I always make a tweet featuring $TWTR, @safetu and @sec_enforcement on every new account, and pin it. Theory is the SEC frowns on limiting investors talking about a publucalkt traded stock and policies.

And remember Stratton Oakmont v Prodigy.

Anonymous Eric the Red February 20, 2016 10:42 PM  

'Now in fairness Twitter is a private company and they do have the right to run their business as they see fit.'

I don't believe this. Most large corporations have taken federal money in one form or another. If they have, it can be argued that they are extensions of fedgov, and therefore the First Amendment directly applies.

Anonymous Grouse February 21, 2016 1:11 AM  

"Does it make sense that mega-corporations can destroy our society and face no consequences?"

IM not sure a banning of an individual amounts to the destruction of our society.

Anyway, taking the position that Twitter is anything less than a private company means you must be in favor of their assets being controlled either by the federal or a state government. And I don't think you mean that. So, you are dismissed

Blogger Snidely Whiplash February 21, 2016 1:22 AM  

Now in fairness Twitter is a private company and they do have the right to run their business as they see fit.

So were those lunch counters in Alabama. Didn't make any difference for them. Sorry, but that dog won't hunt anymore. He was executed by act of Congress with the concurrence of the Supreme Court.
The rules were changed decades ago, it's time we started playing by the rules in place on the field, not the ones we wish were in place.

Blogger Young Heaving Bosoms of Confederacy February 21, 2016 10:34 AM  

Grouse was Tad.

Tad, you are not welcome to comment here. Please stop.

OpenID sigbouncer February 22, 2016 3:08 PM  

http://www.infowars.com/twitter-bans-conservative-blogger-kill-trump-account-still-active-6-months-later/

Blogger SciVo February 22, 2016 5:40 PM  

Update: alternate book promotion account (he self-published) now also suspended, main account will not be restored, "explanation" raises more questions than it answers

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