The sad conservative revolt against Twitter

Like angry newspaper subscribers before him, Reynolds has expressed his fury at Twitter standards by canceling his account. While I applaud his principled stand, unless he can persuade a staggering number of users to walk out with him, his act will have little effect on Twitter’s behavior. Not so secretly, I imagine, the SJWs at Twitter whom Reynolds so despises are dancing on tip-toes at the news of his leave-taking—not because his account violates their terms of service (except that once in 2016 when Twitter suspended him for writing “Run them down” in response to a tweet about protesters blocking a highway), but because they won’t have to deal with him any longer.

Observing the aftermath of the Jesse Kelly banishment, I see nothing but winners. Kelly has won a national profile for himself as a Twitter martyr (I had never heard of him before). Reynolds has his principled stand to polish. And Twitter has signaled to its users—in a centuries-old tradition—that as publisher, it is in charge of what it prints.

If conservatives (or others) feel censored by Twitter, I invite them to do what writers have done since the first editors inhibited their voices: Drive Twitter insane by playing by their rules, expressing yourself right up to the boundary-line of the company’s standards in a way that will invite inspection and self-criticism of those standards.

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