… But I am proud to have been the one to stand up and point it out.
[2330 18MAY11 Update]
Since it has come to my attention that the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has seen fit to further viciously and maliciously lie about my behavior in this incident on their Facebook page, I thought I would set the record straight. Below is a screencap of the email I sent Twitter:
1. I did not say anything false in my report to Twitter.
2. I did not even request that their account be suspended – the Twitter Trust and Safety folks decided that on their lonesome.
3. I did not claim that the CSGV “filed confidential private information about” me – Personally Identifiable Information (PII) does not have to be “confidential” to be a problem.
4. I spoke honestly. I firmly believe that the behavior exhibited by the CSGV Twitter account is harassment, is an attempt at blatant mobland-style intimidation, and is outside the scope of what could be considered reasonable, polite, or even rational conversation.
Unfortunately, though, the CSGV has decided that this situation is worth continuing to personally attack me over, and they have simply moved their blatant fabrications to Facebook, since Twitter is currently unavailable to them. I have reported their Facebook page for harassment, posting personal information, and attempts at intimidation as well, though I have not heard anything back concerning that yet.
[1617 19MAY11 Update]
Hopefully this will be the last time I have to update this post, but in order to combat CSGV’s seeming non-stop claims of “fraudulent” reporting to Twitter, I give you this comment written by Dylan Baxter and posted to their Facebook page. Obviously, this comment was deleted by them shortly after he posted it, but Sebastian saved it, and I will retype it below:
Folks, please read the blog post that has been linked. Twitter reviews each claim of terms of service violations, and will only suspend an account if they determine a violation has occurred. There is a vetting process in order to keep people from filing false claims of abuse. If someone lies, the account is not suspended. Be sure to read the e-mail from twitter where they verify that the tweets were indeed in violation of the TOS. As my first, and most definitely my last [comment] before it being deleted and my account blocked from this page, all I ask is that folks look at the facts. The fact is this: false claims of abuse are ignores by twitter, and only when the claims are based in fact will the account be suspended.
As I said, that comment was deleted by the CSGV – I guess the truth is just too painful for them to accept.
However, again, you may read the email I sent Twitter above; I did not “fraudulently” do anything, I did not say anything “false”, and I did not request that the CSGV Twitter account be suspended… hell, I did not even request that the tweets I pointed out actually be deleted – I rather thought the Twitter folks would just edit them. The Twitter Trust and Safety employees decided to suspend the CSGV’s account themselves – I had no say in that matter whatsoever – and I can only make wild-arsed guesses as to their reasons for doing so (however, the words “harassment”, “abuse”, “bullying”, and “personally identifiable information” would probably show up in those guesses).
However, to better protect my family and myself from their escalating, increasingly concerning personal attacks, I will be pretty much ignoring the CSGV from this point on – I have blocked them on Twitter (Trust and Safety’s first recommendation for dealing with bullies), and will no longer be paying attention to their various other sites. If they make the news in an article or weblog post I would have otherwise written about, I will, of course, write whatever is on my mind, but, from experience, Joe is absolutely right when he wrote, "CSGV is having a powerful impact? It’s more like they are being made fun of as the village idiot." and I have documented why, but, as we have discovered, they are a particularly deranged and arguably dangerous village idiot, and it is best to quietly back away from those.