Twitter rules only apply to some people

Here’s a tweet actress Leslie Jones sent instructing her followers to contact another Twitter user.

Here’s a tweet actress Leslie Jones sent instructing her followers to contact another Twitter user whitebecky1776, about a reportidly hateful tweet whitebecky1776 sent to Leslie Jones. She actually instructs her followers to “Get her!!”


By telling her followers to “Get her!!”, Leslie Jones is inciting her followers to harass whitebecky1776. This is a forbidden under Twitter’s rules:

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It’s important to note that one of the reasons alluded to for banning Milo Yiannopoulos for life was that he was responsible for his followers sending Leslie Jones mean, racist tweets. There’s been no proof to substantiate this. Milo Yiannopoulos never encouraged his followers to get Leslie Jones like she did with her followers to get this whitebecky1776 person.

Milo Yiannopoulos was banned for life from Twitter while Leslie Jones is still trucking along.

Milo Yiannopoulos is a conservative blogger and a self-described provocateur. He’s also kind of a dick. He’s a hard person to defend. Leslie Jones is a very funny Saturday Night Live actress and is appearing in a major motion picture financed by Columbia Pictures. Milo Yiannopoulos wrote a scathing review of that movie and was highly critical of Leslie Jones’ performance. Leslie Jones has some powerful people in her corner. Milo Yiannopoulos has GamerGate and Breitbart. Considering these facts, I guess it should be no huge surprise that Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter, while Leslie Jones’ victimhood is being celebrated.

That doesn’t make it right.

Twitter bans Milo Yiannopoulos

Twitter has banned conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos from its social media service after Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones was Tweeted racist, insulting comments from Twitter users.

From CNN:

Yiannopoulos, who had more than 350,000 followers, has been a provocative and unapologetic voice on the platform. He’s been vocal in the contentious movement known as GamerGate, which claims to promote ethics in gaming journalism but has been condemned for its treatment of women. And most recently he was seen as an instigator for the hate spewed at Jones. She called him out on Twitter Monday evening and separately criticized the platform for its inability to filter hateful content.

I’m not sure how Twitter determined Milo Yiannopoulos instigated the hate spewed towards Leslie Jones. Milo Yiannopoulos had his Twitter account shutdown not for anything he did, but for the actions of others. That makes absolutely no sense to me.

This is not the first time Twitter has taken action against Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s been suspended before. He also had his blue checkmark, the indicator that he’s been verified by Twitter as the real Milo Yiannopoulos, removed because of something he supposedly said on Twitter.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos. I disagree with him on almost everything he claims to believe. I used to follow him on Twitter back in the day just to read the stupid things he would say, but that turned out to be not as entertaining as I imagined it would be.

A little bit of Milo Yiannopoulos goes a long way.

That’s not to say I think he should have his Twitter account closed, especially in response to the actions of others. It’s not like he told people to tweet mean things to Leslie Jones. If Twitter has any value to society, it’s that it allows people to share their thoughts and opinions in 140 characters or less. If you don’t want to read what someone says on Twitter, you can just not read what they have to tweet. You can also block them from interacting with you. It’s really not hard.

I actually like Leslie Jones. I don’t watch Saturday Night Live anymore, but I do watch the occasional skit on YouTube. She’s by far the funniest cast member. Lately, she’s been using her personal Twitter account to promote Ghostbusters, a movie that rubs a lot of people the wrong way, either because they’re misogynists, or because the movie is a steaming pile of dog shit that is ruining the original movie’s legacy.

I always thought Ghostbusters II did that.

Leslie Jones' "personal" Twitter account.
Leslie Jones’ “personal” Twitter account.

Leslie Jones’ Twitter account looks less like a personal account and more like the official Ghostbusters Twitter account run by Columbia Pictures. Personal Twitter accounts are best used when they’re used as personal accounts, not another promotional tool for a billion dollar movie studio. I think Leslie Jones received hateful, racist comments on Twitter because she used her personal Twitter account to promote a controversial movie. She’s been on Twitter since 2009. She only became a lighting rod of bigoted hate when she started promoting Ghostbusters.

One good thing about this whole controversy is that it’s gotten a lot of press for Ghostbusters. The movie premiered last weekend and it wasn’t the top earner at the box office. Milo Yiannopoulos getting banned from Twitter and it’s relation to Ghostbusters has been front page news on all the top news websites. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movie does better this weekend. Then again, the new Star Trek movie comes out this weekend and unlike Ghostbusters, it looks pretty damn good.

Brianna Wu accused of fraud by Patreon supporter

Self proclaimed “Godzilla of Feminists” Brianna Wu is being accused of fraud by an anonymous Patreon supporter. The basis of the accusation is connected to the stated purpose of the Patreon goal. Here is what Wu posted on Patreon:

Here’s where you come in: If you appreciate what I do, please chip in so I can hire some help with the Women in Tech advocacy I do. I need someone to help me with the medial parts of dealing with my attackers so I can focus on my work, making and shipping games. I imagine we’ll also have them work on women in tech advocacy.

Wu’s Patreon supporters collectively give $2,184.70 each month. This helps with paying for the full-time employment of a person named Natalie O’Brien.

This is what the anonymous Patreon supporter wrote on Medium:

In various publications, Brianna has mentioned a woman named Natalie O’Brien. She has claimed that Natalie O’Brien is a pregnant woman who she hired as an administrator. I now believe that Natalie O’Brien may not exist and that Brianna Wu has simply pocketed the money for herself.

In my humble opinion, complaining about possible fraud on Patreon is a lot like swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and then complaining about getting wet. Fraud is always a real possibility with Patreon because there are no mechanisms in place to make sure money is actually going to the stated purpose.

Fraud becomes even more of a possibility because it’s connected to Brianna Wu. This is not be the first time Wu has been accused of not telling the truth.

My advice to anyone wanting to give to a cause and they want to make sure the money is going to that cause, stay clear of Patreon. Look instead for organizations who’ve been vetted by the IRS as bona fide non-profits. These organizations must file reports with the IRS every year that show how much money they take in and how they use the money. These reports are made available to the public.

By all means give money to people on Patreon if it makes you feel good. Just don’t expect any kind of verification or proof. That’s not what Patreon does.