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Monday, June 13, 2016

Mark Kern banned by Twitter

World of Warcraft developer Mark Kern kicked off Twitter:
Twitter has joined Facebook and Reddit in Silicon Valley’s post-Orlando hall of shame. They’ve become the latest social media platform to censor users for discussing this weekend’s Islamic terror attack.

The victim is Mark Kern, a highly prominent video game developer who worked on the original edition of Blizzard’s highly acclaimed World Of Warcraft, who was suspended from Twitter earlier today.

Kern currently runs the League For Gamers, a consumer advocacy group fighting censorship and moral panic in the video games industry. Kern, who had more than 61,000 followers on Twitter prior to his suspension, was a frequent critic of the platform for its drift towards censorship over the past two years. Now he’s been censored himself.
Unbelievable. The thought police are running completely amok in the wake of Orlando. Too much dangerous thinking!

UPDATE: And after stories on Breitbart and Drudge, he's back.

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61 Comments:

Anonymous andon June 13, 2016 5:06 PM  

I signed up a few days ago and made about 10 innocuous tweets in a few hours and then they locked my acct because they claim there was spam like activity and said they needed my phone number to unlock. I declined.

Blogger Groot June 13, 2016 5:06 PM  

TWTR:

Jan 6, 2013: $69.00
Sep 29, 2014: $51.09
Jun 13, 2016: $14.55

Blogger bob k. mando June 13, 2016 5:11 PM  

i suggest that the entire top three tiers of Twitter management be stripped of citizenship and deported for treasonous propaganda activities.

Blogger Rabbi B June 13, 2016 5:13 PM  

And what was the nature of the horrible offense, you ask ...

Mark Kern

"I don't see why mosques with radical leanings should be excluded from surveillance when the rest of us get our emails collected by the NSA."

Off with his head!

Blogger RobertT June 13, 2016 5:14 PM  

Is this legal? Can anyone do anything about it. The only thing I can think of is antitrust scrutiny of monopolies. In fact, I'm wondering why Google & Facebook haven't faced this already.

Blogger RobertT June 13, 2016 5:14 PM  

Is this legal? Can anyone do anything about it. The only thing I can think of is antitrust scrutiny of monopolies. In fact, I'm wondering why Google & Facebook haven't faced this already.

Blogger RobertT June 13, 2016 5:16 PM  

Antitrust scrutiny is the only recourse I can think of.

Anonymous andon June 13, 2016 5:17 PM  

6. Blogger RobertT June 13, 2016 5:14 PM
Is this legal? Can anyone do anything about it. The only thing I can think of is antitrust scrutiny of monopolies. In fact, I'm wondering why Google & Facebook haven't faced this already.


who brings the case? sure as hell wont be this DOJ

Anonymous Ain June 13, 2016 5:18 PM  

They've always been about controlling the narrative, no different from traditional media. It's merely evolved with the tech. The only thing to do is have our own alternative.

Blogger Noah B June 13, 2016 5:19 PM  

One would think that large social media companies would be reluctant to antagonize game and software developers for fear of creating angry and highly motivated competition.

Twitter and Faceberg are driving the nails into their own coffins.

Blogger Noah B June 13, 2016 5:20 PM  

@andon

What you experienced is common with new accounts for the last couple of years. I encourage you to unlock it and keep going.

Anonymous Gen. Kong June 13, 2016 5:27 PM  

Of course it's "legal". For starters they're privately owned corporations, controlled by the oligarchy. For seconds, there is no rule of law in the Banana Empire and anyone who thinks there is is clueless. The "law", such as it is, is only enforced upon those whom the oligarchs want it to be enforced. John Corzine stole over a billion and walked away. You think they'd let a zek like one of us here do something on a much much modest scale?? This is why it all needs to be burned to the ground - along with as many SJWs as can be hurled into the flames. Facebook needs to be destroyed, along with Twitter and all the rest. Folks still fail to understand the tremendous source of power a license to counterfeit carries with it. Price is no obstacle. Budgets are of no concern. How do you think a criminal oligarch like Soros is able to fund everything from rent-a-mobs to full-blown revolutions around the globe? Try printing some money on your own and see how fast the Treasury goondas take to break down your door. Trump's real value is that he will allow some of those who only awakened recently time to prepare for what is coming.

Anonymous Wyrd June 13, 2016 5:27 PM  

Was this the same WoW dev who nerfed Death Knight's Unholy spec into the ground?

Blogger ghostfromplanetspook June 13, 2016 5:28 PM  

So Vox how is that "I can't believe its not twitter" substitute coming along cause its looking better and better every day now.

Blogger Student in Blue June 13, 2016 5:36 PM  

@Wyrd
Was this the same WoW dev who nerfed Death Knight's Unholy spec into the ground?

He worked on Vanilla. I can't remember how long he stuck around but I don't think it was any further than TBC.

Anonymous TS June 13, 2016 5:43 PM  

"Too much dangerous thinking!" = Too much truth.

Blogger Sam Lively June 13, 2016 5:46 PM  

How long til Twitter obeys Hillary and deletes Trump's account?

Anonymous Longtime Lurker June 13, 2016 5:53 PM  

People who censor or banish are not confident people. They are scared people.

"What's Jack Dorsey Afraid Of?" Would absolutely love to see a website devoted to that particular meme.

Blogger Elocutioner June 13, 2016 6:00 PM  

He's back. He says it happened after Drudge linked the Breitbart story.

Anonymous andon June 13, 2016 6:17 PM  

11. Blogger Noah B June 13, 2016 5:20 PM
@andon

What you experienced is common with new accounts for the last couple of years. I encourage you to unlock it and keep going.


thanks. I rather not give them my phone number though.


Anonymous Steve June 13, 2016 6:25 PM  

One would think that large social media companies would be reluctant to antagonize game and software developers for fear of creating angry and highly motivated competition.

You'd think they'd be reluctant to ban ANYONE, save for bots, scammers, malicious trolls, and people using their platform for illegal purposes.

The only value in these companies is their user base. Driving away users because of politics is like UPS announcing they don't want to carry packages from people with red hair. And because of network effects, the more users they alienate, the stronger the competition will become.

And unlike Google, which has a pretty solid lock on search, mobile and free email (for now), the likes of Facebook and Twitter can't rest on their laurels. The graveyard of once-popular social media apps is a crowded one. Users are fickle, and hip young Millennials are flocking to their rivals.

SJW convergence means commercial self-sabotage.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2016 6:26 PM  

@1

Don't worry about it.

They do that as soon as you start getting "reported" It happened to me Sunday when I was trying out the hashtag #GunGhoul to describe Gun control activists feasting on the dead of Pulse before the bodies were even cold.

Drawn like starving dogs in the night to feast and...(*account locked*).

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2016 6:28 PM  

@20 andon

Four words;

Boost Mobile Burner Phone

This is exactly why I have one.

Blogger Scott Rassbach June 13, 2016 6:36 PM  

@20 A google number works well too. you can get them at www.google.com/voice

Anonymous JAG June 13, 2016 6:36 PM  

Looks like Kern had a bit too much to think so the Thought Police were called.

Anonymous andon June 13, 2016 6:39 PM  

22. Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2016 6:26 PM
@1

Don't worry about it.

They do that as soon as you start getting "reported" It happened to me Sunday when I was trying out the hashtag #GunGhoul to describe Gun control activists feasting on the dead of Pulse before the bodies were even cold.

Drawn like starving dogs in the night to feast and...(*account locked*).


it seems like bait and switch or something. they give you a taste and then "oops we need your phone number."


23. Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2016 6:28 PM
@20 andon

Four words;

Boost Mobile Burner Phone

This is exactly why I have one.


how much does it cost?

Blogger Retrenched June 13, 2016 6:40 PM  

As The Narrative becomes increasingly difficult to defend, the Cathedral will push for greater restrictions on free speech and thought. It's happening now and it will only get worse.

Blogger Lovekraft June 13, 2016 6:41 PM  

#12: "Trump's real value is that he will allow some of those who only awakened recently time to prepare for what is coming."

This is the feeling I have been getting recently. I doubt this will be a clean move; many cannot just up and move to the hills. But it may be necessary and may have occurred in the past (in declining empire days).

What would piss me off (and I would like to be on that Ark but can't see it happening) is this exodus allow infiltration by the rats who got us into this mess.

Anonymous andon June 13, 2016 6:42 PM  

24. Blogger Scott Rassbach June 13, 2016 6:36 PM
@20 A google number works well too. you can get them at www.google.com/voice


appreciate that but they are Enemy #1

Blogger Dave June 13, 2016 6:49 PM  

"moral panic" heh

Blogger Nate June 13, 2016 6:53 PM  

I aspire to be twitter banned

Blogger Jourdan June 13, 2016 7:02 PM  

Victory for Kern-vanas.

Anonymous mature-Craig June 13, 2016 7:20 PM  

I like on the entertainment shows when they talk about what someone wrote on twitter, and they put a big picture of their head and then what they said in quotation marks in a big font that's great

Blogger Dave June 13, 2016 7:21 PM  

"I aspire to be twitter banned"

Soon to be a badge of honor: banned X times by Twitter.

Shouldn't take much; just touch on the sacred cows: feminism, racism, homophobia, etc

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2016 7:22 PM  

@26 andon

Nineteen bucks for their cheapest phone and then you just buy minutes. Since you aren't ever using the minutes they won't run out. No Monthly contract required and with a little work you can pay for it all in cash. It makes for a nice untraceable cut out.

It's why drug dealers love them.

Blogger Rabbi B June 13, 2016 7:50 PM  

Mark Kern ‏@Grummz 3h3 hours ago

"I find it interesting that they unsuspended me right after breitbart reported on it, and made up an excuse about my header pics."

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 13, 2016 8:01 PM  

I got banned for telling a Neal Rauhauser alias to shut his cockhole because he was dripping all over twitter.

Not hard at all.

Anonymous VFM 8859 June 13, 2016 8:16 PM  

Not till after the first Tuesday next November, at the earliest.

Anonymous bw June 13, 2016 8:29 PM  

after stories on Breitbart and Drudge, he's back.

Bolshevik puss**s.

Blogger Bard June 13, 2016 8:33 PM  

Twatter

Blogger Bard June 13, 2016 8:33 PM  

Twatter

Blogger Cail Corishev June 13, 2016 8:38 PM  

Mark Kern has a ton of followers, and he's driven SJWs crazy over #GamerGate because he's a liberal who's in favor of gay marriage and encouraging girls into coding (completely genuinely, thinking their increased contribution would be valuable) and so on; but who drew the line at the censorship and corruption that was going on, and wouldn't budge on that.

His liberalism on everything else made it harder for SJWs to attack him, but you know they've been holding a grudge and just waiting for him to say something they could use. Since the left apparently had a meeting yesterday and decided Muslim >>> gay, this was finally it.

Blogger Arthur Isaac June 13, 2016 8:55 PM  

Stating the obvious but" "Clear and Present Danger"?

That and rampant treason on the part of the globalists. Time to start pounding stakes into the ground....

Blogger Aeoli Pera June 13, 2016 9:18 PM  

It is long past time the video game industry adopted the Linux philosophy.

Blogger Rabbi B June 13, 2016 9:20 PM  

Mark Kern ‏@Grummz 3h3 hours ago

"I find it interesting that they unsuspended me right after breitbart reported on it, and made up an excuse about my header pics."

Anonymous BGKB June 13, 2016 9:20 PM  

Another for the SJW list http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/263068/what-happened-one-air-force-veteran-threatened-daniel-greenfield

Veteren kicked out by cunt landlord because IS IS doesn't like him.

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Blogger Todd Miller June 13, 2016 9:32 PM  

It's odd that regular folks with dissenting opinions get kicked off Twitter but over-the-top "nazis" are able to keep posting.

As if they were just fakes used to discredit the Right and pro-Whites.

Blogger Thucydides June 13, 2016 10:04 PM  

Help the cause by telling every leftist you know to short Twitter. Let them think you know that something is going to happen "real soon" to cause the stock to crash.

The stock will continue to sink with no extra work from you, but the leftists will also lose their shirts when the stock drifts instead of tanks......

Anonymous SDH June 13, 2016 10:20 PM  

I aspire to be twitter banned

I'm shocked you haven't been.

Blogger WerePuppy June 13, 2016 10:21 PM  

@45 BGKB
Another for the SJW list
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I took note of it. For some reason I have been unable to edit or do anything there for a long time.

If anybody wants to look at what is there for FB and Twitter, feel free. If anything else should be added, then post it -

http://sjwlist.com/Category:Twitter
http://sjwlist.com/Category:Facebook

Anonymous rubberducky June 13, 2016 10:32 PM  

Todd Miller oh yeah the double standard is breathtaking. Rapper Azealia Banks is a hot mess who was always kicking up outrageous tweetstorms. Conservatives were screaming for her ban after she called for Sarah Palin to be gang raped by a train of black men. Nope, Twitter reviewed the matter and said no policy had been violated.

Then Azealia unexpectedly endorsed Donald Trump, shocking all. The very next tweetstorm after that she got banhammered.

Blogger Nate June 13, 2016 10:56 PM  

"UPDATE: And after stories on Breitbart and Drudge, he's back. "

Thus we learn... not only are they tyrants... they are also cowards.

Blogger tuberman June 13, 2016 11:26 PM  

Time to take down Twitter, it's easier to replace than Facebook. Facebook will be a much longer project.

Anonymous Roundtine June 13, 2016 11:28 PM  

Is Twitter mass shadowbanning the alt-right?

Blogger LP9 Solidified in Gold! Rin Integra June 13, 2016 11:59 PM  

How insulting to a designer who created a great game, shame on twitr. Team Kern.

REQUIRED LISTENING, Very Cool OT! Stefan Mol and Mike Cern! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S23A46cMlWA

So Awesome!

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 14, 2016 12:28 AM  

Roundtine wrote:Is Twitter mass shadowbanning the alt-right?
Verified. It's so prevalent, and so routine, I'm pretty sure they have an algorithm that selects accounts to shadowban.

Blogger weka June 14, 2016 3:50 AM  

Pretty sure I'm shadowbanned. From 7K impressions to zero for @weka_ilk

Blogger Nate June 14, 2016 9:59 AM  

I think they are trying to create a walled garden... segmenting populations off by themselves. At least I believe that will be the end goal.

Segregating people for badthink because they talk about segregating based on ideology.

Blogger Nate June 14, 2016 10:00 AM  

GAH

segregating for badthink because they talk about segregating based on BIOLOGY

Blogger Lett Gou June 14, 2016 5:18 PM  

I agree, Nate. Their purpose is to reduce our signal boosting capacity to the point that nothing goes viral, stories die out before they make it out of the corral.

I've repeatedly seen Notifications evaporate before I can read them and seen Tweets that I know I liked/RTed that are not marked that way. The base level is low, but when certain subjects come up they set phasers on kill.

Anonymous DarthWheatley #2415 June 15, 2016 8:29 AM  

I'm not mean enough to be banned by Twitter yet.

I'm working on it, I'm working on it!

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