While reading a story about Twitter's disgraceful handling of Trump's tweets on January 6 --- which we'll bring in detail Monday --- I happened to encounter my own name.
As reported Friday in the POST MILLENNIAL, a Twitter exec approached his colleagues, saying, "Putting this on everyone's radar. This appears to be a joke but other people might believe it. Can I get your weigh in this?"
It was my joke. The tweet he was concerned about went like this: "Stood in rain for hour to early vote today. When I got home, I filled in my stack of mail-in ballots and then voted the ballots of my deceased parents and grandparents. They vote just like me!"
"THIS APPEARS TO BE A JOKE"?! That's right, these self-appointed monitors of your communication are so dumb that they weren't sure, and they thought YOU'RE so dumb that you might take it seriously. I'll quote the rest of the story, which recounts the full conversation they had about me. ("Conlon" is Patrick Conlon, former DoD intel specialist who was head of Twitter's elections response team. That in itself is a story.)
"...[Yoel] Roth, who notably believes that satire can cause real world violence and should therefore be suppressed, replied, saying "'Ugh. Yeah, I saw this one last night. Agree it's a joke... but he's also literally admitting in a tweet to a crime.'
"'Could still mislead people,' another exec chimed in. 'But although misleading, in my opinion, I don't think it can unduly influence the election. Could still mislead people.'
"'Yeah. I could see us taking action under 'misleading claims that cause confusion about the established laws, regulations, procedures, and methods of a civic process,' Roth replied, 'but it's not one that we could really label in a useful way, so it's [sic] removal (of a stupid and ill-advised joke) or nothing. I'm maybe inclined not to remove without a report from voting authorities given it's been a while since he tweeted it and virtually all of the replies I'm seeing are critical/counterspeech.'
"Conlon weighed in, saying 'Ooof. I just saw this. Looking at the replies now to get a feel for if much confusion is being generated. A quick glance indicates that people aren't confused, but I have concerns. Under the policy we don't make exceptions for jokes or satire. So while I doubt that Huck was really this stupid and is joking, I'm inclined to say that it should come down.'"
You heard it, folks --- I was actually admitting in a tweet to committing a crime! It's a good thing the FBI didn't come raid my house immediately. The real crime here lies in policies that "don't make exceptions for jokes or satire."
One good thing about Elon Musk: he has a great sense of humor.