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Dear Twitter: Unsuspend @jimstewartson
Reverse my inauthentic ban and take coordinated harmful activity seriously
Friends, I don’t normally ask for stuff but it’s my birthday. 😇🎁
If you wouldn’t mind sharing this article on Twitter and tagging @Twitter, @TwitterSafety, and @yoyoel that would be appreciated — only if you’re comfortable with it. 🙏🏻
UPDATE: Apparently within minutes of posting this on Twitter people are already being targeted by the account @KassandraSeven. If you are harassed by this person or anyone else please let me know. stewartson @ protonmail . com.
TO: Twitter (@Twitter), Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety), Yoel Roth (@yoyoel), Patrick Woody, Nick Pickles, et. al.:
FROM: Jim Stewartson (@jimstewartson)
Despite numerous efforts to contact your company through your official reporting system and by email, I have received no response to any of my requests to be reinstated from my nearly three month long inauthentic permanent ban.
I am an Emmy-winning creative technologist with 8 patents and a long list of accomplishments. I used Twitter to inform the public about what I was learning about QAnon and related subjects because I have expertise in the field of alternate reality games. While I was irreverent and occasionally poked back at my trolls, I was never, ever abusive.
I had 60,000 followers and 30 million impressions a month when I was inauthentically banned for the third time. My tweets are in thousands of threads, some of which are literally evidence of the insurrection and of the crimes that followed. I have been truthful, accurate and helpful to millions of people to understand what’s happening around them.
I have also been the target of coordinated harmful activity, harassment and abuse on your platform for a year and a half. I endured it because I felt my voice was important enough that I kept going. Then you suspended me — while I was being attacked.
While suspended, the treatment I have received has gotten far worse, because I cannot defend myself.
I have had no contact from your company other than automated or scripted rejections regarding my reports of coordinated harmful activity, targeted harassment and abuse on your platform. Given your public denials that this even exists I am disappointed but not surprised that you are trying to sweep it under the rug.
Worse, you are not only ignoring the problem, you are participating in targeted harassment by suspending accounts that are being targeted themselves — and allowing single purpose hate accounts and swarms of trolls to run free to torment people for money.
This has every appearance of a conscious decision by someone at Twitter to target me personally and my followers or to listen to someone who does. There is significant public evidence that executives at Twitter Safety are being influenced by some of the people that have been harassing me.
I am aware that in February executives at Twitter considered whether or not to reverse my ban for “ban evasion” (which I did not do) of a ban that was reversed, and decided not to reinstate me because they claim I have too many “abuse strikes in the last 12 months.”
The two previous suspensions I received were the result of mass reporting and coordinated harmful activity. Twitter reversed both bans and apologized because I did not break any rules. If there are other “abuse strikes” then Twitter needs to tell me what they are. Because as it stands you have no excuse for keeping me banned or the other people that were targeted.
I am writing this letter in an attempt to avoid a legal case to stop the harassment. I need my Twitter account back so I can continue my work and defend myself from the dozens of accounts that are devoted to attacking me personally.
My next letter will provide a list of these accounts and copious evidence of their coordinated harmful activity, targeted harassment and abuse on your platform. I have built a significant database of these accounts, including over 100,000 tweets of their abuse.
If I cannot get an answer from Twitter after that, I will be forced to escalate the matter myself.
Regardless, I cannot and will not allow this to continue, and my hope is that Twitter will see what’s happening here, reverse my inauthentic ban, and and start taking coordinated harmful activity seriously.
For your information, since I was banned I have been writing on Substack and cataloguing the abuse and exposing many of the bad actors involved, in addition to continuing my work exposing disinformation, QAnon and Mike Flynn.
Feel free to focus on the category “Trolls and Miscreants.”
Please unsuspend me.