Shoot first, verify never: Being suspected of attempting to influence the People in your own country is now grounds for Twitter suspension

A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela suspected of attempting to “influence domestic audiences” were purged last week.

Another 764 accounts were deleted, although the San Francisco-based company told users, “We are unable to definitively tie the accounts located in Venezuela to information operations of a foreign government against another country.”


Think about this: "attempting to influence." Big Brother tells Twitter and Twitter's ilk what to do, and they do it or else.

Shoot first, verify never.

With every passing day, I get closer and closer to dropping all mainstream-social-media accounts, whether personal or commercial.

I don't even use my personal accounts anymore. They're just sitting there for legacy sake.

I think it's time for all progressives and libertarians to drop all mainstream social. Let the neocons and fake liberals talk only to themselves.

If you're running a standard business (not a political "shop") and are selling things, use them but don't be used. For personal or political use, why feed the greedy vipers? Just stop posting, reading, logging in, etc. Let your history stand there for as long as those platforms stand, which may not be as long as one might figure if enough progressives and libertarians leave off this way.

Tom Usher

About Tom Usher

Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.