DUP, RHI, Twitter Suspension, Censorship, and Optics

DUP, RHI, Twitter Suspension, Censorship, and Optics

Update: 31/1/17: my account has been suspended again. For the same reason and for the same tweet. Appeal 1 was rejected. So far. Update: 30/1/17: following 7 appeals through twitter support, all rejected; I contacted a number of senior Twitter figures. One of them responded and engaged, they took the time to listen and to actually care. Thanks to them, they saw that the complaint against me had absolutely no basis in fact and was against no rule. As such; I was immediately reinstated and the contested tweet remains. Victory. However, it shouldn’t be THAT hard to get a fair hearing. I am currently suspended from twitter. My account, www.twitter.com/belfastbarman, is visible to people, however I am unable to access it. On Friday 27th at around 10am, I was using the Twitter app on my iPhone, when it suddenly switched to the following displayed message. Not understanding what had happened, at all – and I truly mean, at all. I clicked, ‘Start.’ Which presented me with the following message. At this point, I believed I knew what the issue was. So let me explain. The DUP, Northern Ireland’s largest political party, far-right conservatives, staunchly Christian-fundamentalist, and currently embroiled in the, ‘Cash for Ash,’ scandal, also known as RHI. The DUP announced a candidate for the East Antrim constituency who runs a company called, ‘Stephen Ross Boiler Services & Repairs. Stephen Ross is also currently an elected Councillor in Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council… in light of the, ‘Cash for Ash,’ scandal, I believed that announcing Cllr Ross as a candidate was deeply ironic and had terrible, (pardon the political term…)...