How many of you feel this way? I never served, but I can tell you that I would gladly give up my own if it meant my children would be safe from all enemies. pic.twitter.com/0iyazAPmUN
— Sassafrass84 (@Sassafrass_84)
And you’ll almost certainly have to, alas.
Via Dave Renegade, who opens with a painful question.
Questions questions update! Unrelated, but since it was also found via Dave I’ll append it to this post anyways.
An open letter to Elon Musk.
I see that you have reinstated Alex Jones to X. I also saw that you believe only people who are guilty of an egregious act should be permanently banned. You stated that you did not think Mr. Jones’ banishment was warranted but you put his fate in the hands of the people to decide. I have two questions:
- Why use a poll? If you did not think his permanent ban was warranted, why did you not just reinstate him?
- If you did think his ban was warranted, would you have reinstated him if the majority of people who voted in the poll said to?
Although I was permanently banned from Twitter for one statement, I wonder how many other people have been banned? Can you run a query and post on X how many people are permanently banned on X? Can you also run a second query to show how many were permanently banned after you bought X? My account was banned after you bought X. I did file an appeal but never heard back. I submitted a request to see the status of my appeal which resulted in the complete elimination of my account.
I was wondering who is still making decisions regarding permanent bans and why there is no concerted effort to review accounts that have been banned. We see the reversal of some high profile account bans but what about the rest? Reinstating people based on polls may be good optics but banning people with no recourse to appeal is not free speech.
Good questions all, I must say; perhaps Elon, busy as he no doubt is, will make time to answer them. Might be tough in purely practical terms—running the database queries alone would have to be both difficult and resource-intensive, not to even mention the man-hours burned by putting X employees to work coding them and tallying the results—and chances are Musk will never even know Dave asked, given that there must be who knows how many shitlib Twatter stay-behinds still in place who’ll make damned sure of it.
That said, Dave’s closing statement is beyond debate. And when you get right down to the nut-cutting, restoring free speech at X was the main reason Musk gave for buying the shitlib-infested, censorship-happy Twatter platform in the first place. Elon’s Twitter/X project has been an extended, frustrating exercise in putting his money where his mouth is, which he’s done a commendable job of so far. We’ll see soon enough where this latest wrinkle goes, I reckon.