How did Twitter get it so wrong?

Because only I know the meaning of my tweet that seemed to cause Twitter such offence and be deemed a violation of their rules, specifically ‘hateful conduct’.

Or because in judgement, Twitter showed an extraordinary lack of insight apropos humour and irony – do judge for yourselves because I am at a loss; a loss that includes a seven day period of no account functions.

The case in question is this.

I happened upon a tweet by the boxer Tyson Fury. It was just a general fans tweet and in my own jovial way I left a reply. The reply was triggered by memory of one of the Carry On films where Charles Hawtrey, who often played the part of a small, weedy character, given his frame and who as a result quite liked to stand up to bullies, said on one occasion to a larger man “you great big ninny”.

I knew that I had a lovely picture of Charles, in a bath and holding a bottle of red wine – if you captioned it you might imagine him saying “oh Hello!” which was another of his well known phrases.

I got the wording slightly wrong, admittedly, using the word pansy because I simply had forgotten ninny at the time.

In hindsight I might have used another phrase of “great big brute” but either way, my intention was simply to have a bit of fun, not thinking that it could cause anyone offence let alone Tyson Fury.

I know little about boxing but think Tyson is a funny character, and I like the guy! I don’t have the tweet any longer as it stood but am showing readers the image used.

I doubt very much whether Fury himself ever saw the tweet so in my opinion, what this boils down to is a serious error of judgement and would love to know how on earth this tweet of… I was about to write friendly fire but it was not even that, was seen (to them) as hateful conduct.

I am also thinking that had Tyson Fury seen it, he would have had a chuckle himself. How could anyone detect malice in it? That’s my concern. I think this shows an extraordinary level of imprescience and that the individual concerned at Twitter should come out and explain just how they arrived at the conclusion that they did – or am I the one missing something? Either way I am keen to learn.

Initially I was that taken aback that I decided to appeal but then changed my mind to delete the tweet as requested by them on the understanding that the situation was then resolved and I could continue using my account normally.

However, despite deleting the tweet, my account has been locked for seven days. I cannot even edit my profile and all I see is this.

My request for a review fell on deaf ears as Twitter determined that “a violation had taken place” and that they would not reverse their decision.

I have made a second appeal and may even link them to this post as they do not appear likely to admit that they misinterpreted the original tweet or to see that in no way there was any malice intended and that like any large organisation, it looks unlikely they will admit they got it wrong.

If you are of the opinion that I have been unfairly treated here then the reply box is open. It means you can support me away from Twitter and anonymously.

Meantime I have to sit and wait for Twitter to decide what is to happen next as regards to my restoration of account functions.

One thought on “How did Twitter get it so wrong?

  1. Ridiculous, this isn’t even offensive and I’m sure Tyson Fury would agree. Sad that they don’t ban the people who post hateful messages and bully others on there. Sorry to hear this, wishing you a speedy return to Twitter.
    Ps. I liked Charles Hawtrey too 🙂


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