Seems like a good time to share this news.
Coming soon: a defamation suit against Twitter.
Defamation is a different claim from the lawsuit moving forward in California; it is my effort to hold Twitter directly accountable for the harm the company caused me and my reputation.
Defamation, per Oxford Languages: “the action of damaging the good reputation of someone; slander or libel.”
In banning me from the platform for supposedly violating “our COVID-19 misinformation rules,” a statement it made to multiple news outlets last year, Twitter did not merely severely damage my reputation as a journalist.
It tarred me as a menace to public health.
I am not exaggerating.
The first line in Twitter’s “COVID-19 misleading information policy” reads:
You may not use Twitter’s services to share false or misleading information about COVID-19 which may lead to harm [emphasis added]…
Twitter goes on to explain:
In order for content related to COVID-19 to considered violative under this policy, it must:
advance a claim of fact, expressed in definitive terms;
be demonstrably false or misleading, based on widely available, authoritative sources; and
be likely to impact public safety or cause serious harm [again, emphasis added]
“And” is crucial there. All three of those points must be true.
I never wrote anything “demonstrably false or misleading.”
But put that fact aside.
Twitter it did not merely call my tweets “misleading” - a claim it no longer makes - it BANNED me after claiming that I had received the necessary five strikes required for a ban.
Again, its policy is entirely clear: tweets do not accrue strikes except in “cases where we determine there is potential for harm associated with the misleading claim.”
In contrast, “when the potential for harm is less direct or imminent… [Tweets] will not accrue a strike in accordance with our strike policy stated below.” [emphasis in original]
Last August, a $40 billion public company that is the world’s foremost platform for journalism told the world that I was a menace to human health. Why? Because I made statements that were accurate at the time and have proven prescient in retrospect.
Hey lil bird?
You don’t get to try to trash my reputation and walk away. Not in the United States, not in Ireland, not anywhere.
There are no mulligans on this. You are going to have to defend what you said about me to the world - if you still believe it, if you think it’s defensible. And with any luck a jury will get to weigh in.
The wheels grind slow, but they grind exceeding fine.
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