If you’re a Big Brother 14 fan (like this very writer) who has recently received the below letter from Twitter, you may have fallen victim to a crusade by the fans of Danielle Murphee and Shane Meaney.
This account was suspended for sending multiple unsolicited messages using the @reply and/or mention feature. These features are intended to make communication between people on Twitter easier.
Twitter monitors the use of these features to make sure they are used as intended and not for abuse. Using either feature to post messages to a bunch of users in an unsolicited or egregious manner is considered an abuse of its use, which results in account suspension.
For more information about these features, please visit our @Replies and Mentions help page: http://support.twitter.com/articles/14023
Based on tweets (see below), it appears that Danielle and Shane’s fans are leaping to their rescue by reporting Twitter users who not only directly tweet negative comments to Shane and Danielle, but also users who make negative comments about the Big Brother 14 couple in general.
@AndrewWang26, @Shanielle_Army, @ShanilleFan and @ShaneDaniMeaney appear to be the biggest culprits searching out anyone and everyone on Twitter who make negative comments, once found not only do they block the person and report them to Twitter for the alleged abuse, but they also notify one another to block and report the Tweeter to Twitter as well. Depending on how old the Twitter account is, it only takes a few blocks and reports to have an account suspended.
As you can see from the screen-cap below of an expanded conversation it appears that @Shanielle_Army is deleting tweets, tweets that were there minutes ago are now gone.
In fairness they claim to only be reporting those accounts that were specifically created to harass and terrorize Shane and Danielle, this I agree with one hundred percent. However, the person who brought this to my attention has been on twitter since February 2010 and their tweets about Danielle and Shane were between them and another user, neither Shane nor Danielle were tagged in the tweets. In my humble opinion, it’s one thing to report those newly created accounts and another thing to report users who have obviously been around for sometime. Reporting seasoned Tweeters and having their accounts shutdown because you don’t like what they have to say is infringing on their rights to free speech and that I disagree with.
Once you’ve contacted Twitter and promised to be a good boy or girl you should receive the following e-mail:
I have now un-suspended your account. Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.
Be sure to review the Twitter Rules, as repeat violations may result in permanent suspension: http://twitter.com/rules
This is what I have to say to the people of Twitter – once the season of your favorite reality show is over, the participants are off limits. Allow them to fade away into the darkness; by continuing to spew your dislike for them you’re only expanding their 15 minutes of fame.
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