Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Why I have muted or blocked you on Twitter

Yes, this is a form letter. I hope it doesn't hurt your feelings to learn that your behavior is so common that I've made this post for people like you.

I am muting or blocking you. It seems unkind not to tell you—you should know there's no point in sending me anything I won't see.

So you won't misinterpret this, I'll stress that I support your right to free speech. If someone tries to no-platform you in any way, I will do what I can to defend you. But free speech does not give you the right to make anyone listen to you. This is doubly true if you're relying on insults, the favorite tactic of people who know the facts are not on their side.

Please don't think I'm implying that I'm better than you. I do my best to abide by the Malcolm X Code of Conduct, but I fail sometimes too.

I usually unmute or unblock people after a week or two because I hate using those options. I only mute or block when I'm sure that letting you continue to rant will waste your time and mine.

Go in peace.