Searching for news and views about free speech on Twitter, sheer numbers of tweets show that the topic is constantly trending. With regard to Twitter itself, the impression is not good – nor indeed for any of the other big social media platforms.
As for handling abuse, in my experience, Facebook has on several occasions removed content that I reported: on one occasion, a hate group set up in my name in 2012 was completely deleted; likewise with another recent post by a pro-Israel group inciting people to bully me.
My profile pictures on Facebook had been suddenly flooded with abusive comments. The same happened after my quenelle salute in Edinburgh last year. My ‘other’ Facebook inbox was also crammed with abuse. I since discovered that entire countries can be blocked from seeing pages on Facebook. No prizes for guessing which illegal state is on my list.
Twitter’s report system, however, is arbitrary. Management already admitted they are unable to control abuse from trolls. Suspensions such as mine are a blatant example of how social media has killed free speech. Interestingly, although I’m not the only person to have been suspended, it now appears that certain banned users are allowed back whereas others are not:
Take Milo Yiannopoulos aka Nero, for example, who now tweets via his Facebook page. Ricky Vaughn is also back on Twitter again, having recuperated 10k followers in less than a month – a fact which won’t please Nero. My voice, however, remains censored whist Schadenfreude emanating from the Twitter Eruv continues to make itself heard, loud and clear.
The double standards are toe-curling, cringe-worthy and would be hilarious if they weren’t so worrying. Several people have remarked that, as a woman, I get far more abuse on Twitter than any man holding similar views and that this abuse against me comes principally from other women – a fact further reinforced by the above-mentioned Schadenfreude.
Recently, a Wikipedia editor using the name Nichebiographer published a wiki about me which was flagged for deletion and promptly removed. The same editor did however manage to insert a couple of sentences about me in the English entry on the Quenelle :
Use of the quenelle by British musician Alison Chabloz led to the first known police investigation into the quenelle, lending credence to the possibility that performance of a quenelle could be considered a criminal offence in Britain.
The above has since been edited by Philip Cross:
Use of the quenelle by British musician Alison Chabloz in August 2015 was the subject of complaints. However, the organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Chabloz was due to perform, said no action would be taken against her as it was not within their remit.
Reasons given for the edits were “speculation, no prosecution of Chabloz” and “misleading comments, reporting someone to the police is not the same as claiming it is an investigation.” Along with this little gem – shining like a beacon of common sense in a sea of filthy, muddying censorship – is Alain Soral’s recognition of my London Forum performance.
My detractors are uncharacteristically quiet, no doubt plotting ahead of my next scheduled alternative media live broadcast. By then, I hope to have one one track from my upcoming CD ready to be aired.
Are my detractors, along with Twitter Support, perhaps ready to ponder the consequences of their actions? Contrary to the original Wikipedia spin on my quenelle, there is a real, live, ongoing criminal investigation and police are regularly updated. Why have there been no press reports about this? I’m glad that pretty much everything has been recorded here on this very blog. If you want to believe Twitter, then I’ve already been arrested, am wanted for questioning, am on bail and about to be sectioned. As already seen in my previous blog, it’s fine for Zionists to use Twitter to threaten, harass and abuse. Whose side is Twitter on? If they can’t see what’s going on here then it’s safe to assume Twitter has sold out and is effectively dead as a platform for free speech.
Or is it? A quick search reveals that Twitter has yet to remove tweets of my song Nemo’s Antisemitic Universe, despite legal threats from the Jewish lobby currently occupying France, le CRIF. Declaration of human rights on freedom of expression, anyone? As an artist, censorship of the kind I’ve been subjected to is surely the highest accolade? It’s also unlawful, which is certainly one reason why my songs are still up on Twitter and YouTube.
Finally, I just want to quickly mention one example of what I call VIP abuse on Twitter. Along with the usual hacks and pundits who infest the mainstream with cries of ‘Holocaust Denier’, singer Alison Moyet recently called me a ‘vat of pus’. Totally out of the blue, I’d never interacted or tweeted with her before. Once again, the Schadenfreude-filled team of Twitter fishwives patted Moyet on the back and tweeted their liberal approval.
I simply won’t believe Corbyn has any affiliation or connection with the vat of pus that is Alison Chabloz.
— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) September 15, 2016
Of course, with my account suspended, my reply to Moyet is now invisible:
I don’t need reminding. I called you a vat of pus. I should have said ‘A huge fucking vat of pus’ https://t.co/sTEJ5hU50p
— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) September 15, 2016
A week after Moyet tweeted – projected? – her thoughts about me, I received a standing ovation for my first ever gig in London: another massive #quenelle to add to my famous photo – now deleted thanks to my detractors’ hyper-sensitivity and mass reports to Twitter. By this time next year, my London Forum video will likely have more than 20,000 views.
Moyet, Lewis and all the rest need to understand that I was always taught that my Grandfather met his violent death as a sacrifice to western Freedom and Democracy. Those who actively encourage censorship, as well as those who remain silent in the face of these glaring double standards, are mere agents of a corrupt state. Arbitrary decisions lead to censorship of some, whereas others are permitted to abuse and harass with impunity. The latter are mostly slaves to a System, whose self-interest trumps the public interest – and therefore their own – every time. Idiots.
Orwell was right: ignorance is strength. Ruination of social media platforms by gangs of desperate, anonymous trolls and greedy, self-obsessed celebs and hacks is doomed to failure. We know it, our enemies know it and every day the general public is growing increasingly aware. There’s still a long fight ahead of us. However, Truth will always prevail in the end. The enemies of free speech will be crushed underfoot like cockroaches scurrying into the darkened stench of a pitiless landscape, their carcasses kicked into a vat of pus of lies and deceit entirely of their own making. Good riddance!