The Elon Musk takeover of Twitter promised to usher in a new era of free speech on the social media behemoth.
Not so fast.
While Leftists have been throwing conniption fits about the very idea of letting people express opinions contrary to their own, conservatives have been rejoicing that perhaps now we can speak the truth without fear of banishment to the nether regions of the online world (like Parler!). And while it does seem like Musk is opening Twitter up (he recently restored Trump’s account), there are apparently still limits to what you can say on Twitter, as I recently found out.
Orthodox. Faithful. Free.
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Last March, I tweeted the following:
While I know these statements are controversial, they are all objectively true. At the very least, they are views held by millions of people today (including all faithful Catholics), and have been held by almost everyone for most of human history. Further, in no way do I call for harassment or violence against anyone.
Yet a few hours after that tweet I received a notice from Twitter stating that my account was locked for “hateful conduct.”
I was required to delete the tweet in order to restore my account, which I eventually did.
Yesterday I decided to see if Twitter has really changed since the Musk takeover. So I tweeted out the March notice from Twitter and restated the content of my original tweet.
I realize a lot of the suspension process is likely automated, and it’s not like Musk has been in charge long enough to make systemic changes at the company, but it was still disappointing to see that controversial statements that counter the woke establishment are still not allowed on the world’s biggest social media platform.
There is an appeal process when your account is locked, but I didn’t bother back in March since I knew it would be pointless. This time, however, I decided to appeal to see if perhaps Musk’s influence has filtered down to that level.
Until then, I’ll remain locked out of Twitter, which honestly isn’t the worst thing during this penitential season of Advent.
UPDATE 12/1/22 2:20PM ET: My appeal failed:
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.