It’s not unusual for any of us, at one time or another, to be blocked by another user on Twitter. I’m sure there are several over time, a few I am aware of, that have blocked me. That’s okay. I don’t actually take offense because I actually do not know any of these people. I might question the block if it were from a friend, but that has yet to happen.
Sometimes, I’m not exactly sure why someone blocked me, othertimes it’s very apparent: I’ve strayed from the official dogma of something and actually called out statements made by some that are blatantly false or over the top. that’s okay because if someone cannot defend what they say with something other than a block, then they have no argument. I will admit that sometimes, my response may be insulting, but hey, that’s the nature of the beast and I won’t apologize for the way I responded.
I recently discovered I was blocked by a journalist I followed. I’m sure journalists take a lot of heat from readers all the time for what they write or say, so for me to be blocked by this person was a bit of a surprise. I must have come accross as rude or something, but I will say I don’t muzzle myself when I notice someone, anyone, making statements that they are unable to prove so that must have been why I was blocked.
No big deal right? Except this person is one of those conservatives who’s constantly complaining online about being shadowbanned by Twitter, as well as Twitter suspending, even banning accounts of conservative voices, because, you know, Free Speech. Unless that speech happens to offend him, then it’s no longer Free Speech is it?
I’m one of those conservatives that as far as I know have never been shadow banned; My account has never been temporarily limited, and of course, as of today, I’ve never been suspended for any statement I’ve made on Twitter. Of course any of us can block or mute whoever we want, whenever we want, for whatever reason. I just find it interesting when so-called journalists do it because they either refuse to, or cannot back up some outlandish statement.
There are those that want us to believe that this behavior is from the left, but it occurs on the right as well. Probably more than we know. Again, that’s okay, just stop being a hypocrite about free speech/expression when complaining about Twitter TOS.