I also really doubt that twitter gives two shits about its users, which is unfortunate. Someone, someday might come up with a similar app to twitter's that doesn’t shadowban its users and twitter will go the way of MySpace.
In case you haven’t figured this out, twitter, I’m pissed off, and there are others just as pissed off as I am – so knock off this shadowban crap NOW.
I’m banned, yet I’m not really banned.
Make sense? No, it doesn’t to me either.
The reason I used the shadowban checker is I know of two other twitter users who are shadowbanned, and there’s nothing offensive about either account. And nothing offensive about mine, from what I can tell, but check out my account and judge for yourself.
I keep my account pretty politics-free. My humor is dry and sarcastic, and I do think my posts reflect it. Did I follow a person or an organization twitter deems controversial or dangerous? Did I like something twitter deems offensive? Do they keep track of me not liking the ads they post, or maybe I’ve reported one too many tweets and people who were espousing racist rhetoric and violence? I’m sure the answer is something like I got snared by an algorithm, but what exactly, I can’t tell you.
I have sent several tweets to @Twitter and @TwitterSupport asking why I’ve been shadowbanned, but so far, crickets, nothing. My guess is those accounts aren’t monitored by human beings.
Even Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams was been shadowbanned.
If you want to find out if you’re shadowbanned, click on this link.
I’m furious, and I want answers.
I’ve wondered why certain celebrity deaths are bothering me more this year. I think it’s the loss of innocence as childhood icons are taken away, a part of childhood is taken away as well. It’s remembering a time when life was simpler, less complicated, and more carefree. And it’s a reminder of one’s own mortality, of how precious life is, of just how fleeting life is.
This post is one final goodbye from me; you will be missed.
Speaking of Minneapolis … it’s been my home for many years; I love it here, but Minneapolis is also a sanctuary city and that’s something I’m not too crazy about.
In case you don’t know, a sanctuary city is a U.S. city that’s adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them solely for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living illegally.
We’re a country made up of immigrants – my own ancestry can be traced to Europe. Here’s how I feel about immigrants: If you move here from another country, are here legally and take the necessary steps to be a U.S. citizen, welcome! If you don’t, you’re not.
Now, here’s the rub about sanctuary cities.
Cities like Minneapolis limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities by shielding undocumented individuals. In addition, local law enforcement’s hands are tied. Police may know of someone who’s here illegally, but they can’t do a damn thing about it. They can’t even ask about a person's immigration status or cooperate with federal immigration officials.
President-elect Donald Trump has said he’d cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities if they shield undocumented workers from federal immigration officials. Minneapolis’ mayor has vowed to fight this.
Immigration advocates see the end of sanctuary cities as hostile, especially to Latinos, warning it would lead to harassment by police. And law enforcement officials are worried about crime victims who won’t call the police because the victim fears deportation.
Valid concerns yes, but I still don’t think sanctuary cities are a good idea, let me tell you why. If anyone’s here illegally, they can’t be touched by U.S. laws, they can’t be charged with a crime, and they can’t be prosecuted for a crime. Trump has also said he’s for deporting illegal immigrants who have a criminal history. I agree with him on this. Not every immigrant who comes to this country comes here with good intentions. Some are running from the law, or commit crimes in the U.S., and they know they can’t be touched in sanctuary cities.
I understand these sanctuary cities are trying to fight bigotry, but because of it, they’re leaving their citizens wide open to being a victim of crime by an undocumented immigrant and the legal citizen can’t anything to bring the immigrant to justice. That’s not right. You should be able to report someone to the police if they’ve committed an act against the law – regardless if they’re here legally or not.
Minneapolis used to be a nice, safe city, but no more. It’s changed for the worse and unfortunately, I don’t see it getting better. I’ve never owned a gun before, but I’m seriously considering buying one and going to a gun range to learn how to use it.
Politicians continue to erode our trust by making important decisions for us, such as whether to become a sanctuary city, without letting us, the legal taxpayers, weigh in. I think it would’ve been fair if we could’ve at least voted on this, but no one ever said politics was fair.