For a couple of weeks now, ever since the laws of profit-and-loss caught up with the lackwits and grifters that populate the “newsrooms” at BuzzFeed and Huffington Post, the left has been trying to stamp out a popular Twitter expression. That would be “learn to code.” Regular diarist Dana Pico gives the history of the expression which goes back to these same unemployed journalists using the phrase to mock coal miners and other blue collar workers deliberately put out of work by the Obama administration. The left lost little time in banding together to get twitter to ban users who used the phrase.
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) February 1, 2019
I am told by a person in the know that tweeting "learn to code" at any recently laid off journalist will be treated as "abusive behavior" and is a violation of Twitter's Terms of Service
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 28, 2019
"Learn to code" was tweeted at me by a sketchy account. I reported it as abusive behavior as part of targeted harassment. Twitter suspended the account within 20 minutes.
Journalists if they tweet "learn to code" at you don't stay silent, take a moment to report it. https://t.co/RXgqqV2ptw
— Ben Popken (@bpopken) February 1, 2019
Tuesday night, Daily Caller Editor in Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted “learn to code” in response to a lame-a$$ Daily Show joke and found Twitter had locked him out.
Yesterday, the anti-learn-to-code trolls struck again.
Devin Nunes gave an interview a couple of nights ago (see Sarah Lee’s excellent post) in which he wondered what the press was going to do without the Russia collusion story as a faithful standby:
From last night:
Devin Nunes, appearing on a cable news program to discuss Intel Cmte business, launches unprompted attack on reporters who cover Intel Cmte business pic.twitter.com/jtbcYhCESp
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) February 8, 2019
The left had a cow:
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) February 8, 2019
Nunes picks up the right-wing internet meme, learn to code. https://t.co/030KUGDEvR
— Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 8, 2019
Not at all surprising that Devin Nunes is part of that political scene. https://t.co/LITuYzolIv
— 🌎 Richard Alexander (@Aus_RichAlex) February 8, 2019
Nick Short (@PoliticalShort), digital media director at Security Studies Group and a Twitter must-follow, commented on it:
After Twitter got all pissy about “learn to code” the rule was tweeting it at an individual journalist was an offense. Then, as the Ingersoll lockout showed, tweeting it at a group of journalists was problematic. Then Nick Short found that simply including it in a tweet to your followers would get you locked out of your account. (BTW, I don’t know what Lawfare objected to, but they are a bunch of high strung little fellows and and it is entirely possible some of them were injured by twisted panties.)
This is bullsh**. And many people noted it.
The Orwellian thing is this tweet is legit commentary on a news event and not targeted harassment of anyone
— Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) February 9, 2019
Remember when twitter said they’d only suspend people if it was part of a targeted harassment campaign?
Not true. https://t.co/FQQ2JOhGLG
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) February 9, 2019
I’m sort of tired of hearing from people who claim to be on the right that we should just shut up and take it because Twitter is a private company. That is exactly the same mindset that precedes every genocide and political purge in history. Twitter doesn’t care about harassment. Twitter doesn’t care about death threats. So long as the “right” people are harassed and threatened. Check Dana Loesch’s Twitter feed at any time of the day. What they care about is protecting their allies and shutting down news and information and even jokes that makes the fascist SJWs who work for Twitter and the fluffers in the media look bad. Once you understand that they could give a rat’s ass about behavior and only care about politics, this is all easily explained. I really hope that eventually President Trump unleashes the Antitrust Division of Department of Justice on Twitter and on Facebook and on Google with instructions to treat them and their employees just like Enron and its employees were treated.
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