Saturday, 9 November 2013

Twitter Censors Animal Rights Activist @MelAnimalLover.

Yesterday, Twitter took the curious action of censoring animal rights activist @MelAnimalLover . Mel Royal has been campaigning for the rights of Romanian dogs. Sometime ago in October 2013, she managed to single handedly trend the term #romaniastopanimalabuse. Of late, Mel Royal had challenged mobile giant O2 and the Romanian Film Festival. Her argument is quite simple, why should these companies be supporting Romania when the country is busy meting out endless cruelty to its animals. This was the result she obtained last night 

Subsequently, Twitter suspended her. They sent her this document :


We understand that you're contesting an account suspension. Please be sure to read this entire email; you will need to take further action in order to reopen your ticket for your account to be reviewed.

If your account was suspended for aggressive following behavior, you should have received an email notification to the address associated with your Twitter account. Please reply to this message and confirm ALL of the following:
• You've removed all prohibited following automation from your account, and will stop any manual aggressive following behavior.
• You've reviewed our Best Practices page:
• You understand our policies and will not engage in any prohibited following behavior.

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If you're uncertain why your account was suspended, please respond to this message after reviewing the Twitter Rules:

While we strive to avoid mistakes, it's also possible that your account was suspended in error. If after reviewing the Rules, you have no idea why your account was suspended, just reply to this email and we'll review your case.


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This is an interesting email as any activist could be censored by citing "aggressiveness". This is because all activists by nature are aggressive. Of course, it begs the question, who complained about Mel Royal. Was it insecure company - O2 or was it someone else? Whoever it was should be reassured that Mel Royal can be found campaigning on Facebook here . This isn't the first time Twitter has curbed critical Tweets. Everyone should read the Independent article here on their last foray into censorship and preventing free speech. So while Twitter is busy being politically correct, dogs are dying in Romania. Is this what they want? In this case, it is quite worrying that Twitter censored a single campaigner from raising concerns about animal cruelty.

Sign the petition to support Mel.

Post by Occupy for Animals.

Update 9.11.2013 PM This Twitter Account was reinstated. Read here. Thankyou everyone's support. 

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