‘Twitter gives green light to death threats against anti-war voices,’ claims journalist Neil Clark
Clark posted a now deleted tweet in which the perpetrator, @ironstowe, appeared to suggest the RT writer was next in line to receive the same ‘fate’ as the likes of Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. The journalist stated he hoped Twitter would act after receiving such a “clear death threat,” – adding “imagine the media coverage if a neocon/’liberal-left’ got sent” such a tweet.
Let’s see if @Twitter acts over this very clear death threat sent to me. Imagine the media coverage if a neocon/‘liberal-left’ UK journo got sent a tweet like this from Russia pic.twitter.com/tjyhGdYt3z— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) December 11, 2018
If @Twitter fail to suspend or ban the account @ironstowe for this death threat & blatant breach of their rules, then it would make a mockery of the suspension/ banning process. pic.twitter.com/giP8YGt2OP— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) December 11, 2018
Clark later revealed his “disgust” after receiving notification from Twitter saying they would be taking no action, concluding the account in question was “not in violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior.” They add “context matters.” The journalist, who is known for his critical views on Western foreign policy said that he would be taking a break from Twitter in protest.
There was a show of solidarity from his followers on social media with many questioning in what context would such a threat be acceptable.
I’m so disgusted by @TwitterSupport ‘s failure to take action against a death threat sent to me today, I’m going to take a break from the platform for a while in protest. If death threats are ‘no violation of the Twitter rules against abusive behaviour’ , what is? cc @jackpic.twitter.com/TAc7Q1vyXd— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) December 11, 2018
I feel so strongly about this, that in solidarity with Neil, I have decided to abstain from Twitter until the issue is resolved satisfactorily. Twitter's failure to act in response to a death threat to one of its customers is astonishing. This could happen to any one of us. https://t.co/J59tBIA1Sq— Daniel Margrain (@hairymarx1) December 11, 2018
Sorry to hear about this Neil. .you are one of the most polite journalists on Twitter+unlike many engage in reasonable argument even with harsh criticsThis tweet is blatant and cant see what "context" Twitter support can put this in that makes it acceptable— Coolagorna (@trueclausefour) December 11, 2018
Shame on #Twitter for not taking death threats seriously. People expect Twitter to help prevent such abusive,threatening behaviour. Twitter is supposed to be a reasonably pleasant experience, not a place of threats. Twitter Account Holders deserve better.#socialmedia@Twitterpic.twitter.com/bNDBUfoWMn— Christina (@55krissi55) December 11, 2018
Clarke told RT that “a political agenda is at work” where those like him who voice a different perspective to the “consensus” view, and condemn foreign policy agendas of various Western countries are treated with disdain.
He claims it’s a dangerous path for a social media company to take, insisting “a new Twitter substitute is required,” that freely allows for differing political views – not just those of the platform in question.
Clark says it’s not the first time he’s received a sinister tweet which he’s reported to Twitter, leading to no action being taken against the offending account. In September he was sent a threatening reply to a tweet praising Russia for countering Israel’s raid on Syria, with the supply of military defense equipment.
I hope to meet you in person one day.— 🇺🇸 Am𝖊ric𝖆 1st 🇺🇸 (@HoagsObjects) September 24, 2018
Is that a death threat or threat to do me physical harm? Sounds like it to me. I have reported you to Twitter and will be reporting you to the Police too.— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) September 24, 2018
In July the RT writer was sent a graphic message by Idrees Ahmad, who has written for the Guardian and Washington Post, in which he evisages Clark hitting his “head against a sharp object, and sh*t oozes out.” Twitter, again took no action.
You retweet a vile, sick tweet about someone hitting their head against a sharp object? Shame on you @NippySweetyLass— Neil Clark (@NeilClark66) July 12, 2018
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