If you haven’t heard the Twitter purge is on.
Twitter has been getting a lot of bad press recently. Not turning a profit. Not growing it’s membership base. Not beating FB in the social media game. Not doing enough to prevent online abuse. Not dealing with trolls. Not easy enough to use. Not able to avoid layoffs. Not able to be sold. Not a good source for real news. Not able to keep top talent. Not making money for investors.To sum it up Not a pretty picture.
So what is Twitter doing. Purge!
Over the last several days twitter has been aggressively suspending accounts from the ranks of naturism and nudism and others. We aren’t just talking about all the faker naturist accounts like the ones that prompted the tweet below. On the contrary. British Naturism, the national naturist organization of Britain, had its account suspended. @Ladygod1va the active account of British business woman, naturist and organizer of the London WNBR has been suspended.
Anybody calling themselves a naturist & then posting pictures of themselves with an erection is instantly getting an unfollow from me
— Jason The Dude (@Jason_Ardron) November 15, 2016
Why? Is Twitter taking a page out of the FB playbook? It could seem that way on the surface. However, it seems Twitter is using the following sentence from its rules and policies covering profile and header/cover photos to justify the suspensions.
Graphic content: You may not use pornographic or excessively violent media in your profile image or header image. Twitter may allow some forms of graphic content in Tweets marked as sensitive media.
In plainspeak it is saying no pornography (read obvious nudity, butt cracks included) in your profile photo or header image. You may have nudity in your tweets where twitter can manage it and mark it as sensitive to keep away from eyes that might be offended. However, even private account have visible profile photos and header/cover images. Twitter isn’t about to mark those as sensitive.
If you have seen the any of the Purge movie series, you have a good idea of what seems to be happening on Twitter. The actions seem to be an effort to respond to some of the bad press and the uncertain future of the twitterverse. Suspending accounts with nudity in header images or profile photos isn’t the only thing that they are doing. They have suspended other objectionable accounts as well. Twitter has also rolled out new features which allow greater control over who and what users see in their timeline.
Before naturists and nudists cry victimization, consideration should be given to the issues facing Twitter I have previously articulated. To be clear the purge seems to be limited to profile photos and image headers. Consider the recently surfaced possibility that Disney though of purchasing Twitter. What is happening is similar to the purge in the movies of the same name. That purge in the movies catches both the innocent and the not so innocent in a permissible 12 hour murderous rampage meant to quell social anxiety. Twitter catches non pornographic accounts in its purge wave designed to calm the anxiety about the viability of the Twitter product.
Twitter is indeed a product designed to make money, just like FB. Sometimes folks forget that these social media platforms are not giving the service away for free. They are using the platforms to generate advertising income. In my estimation, Twitter is trying to clean itself up so it can get sold. It is that simple. It’s business not personal. The unfortunate impact is not fun for naturists and nudists but maybe this seeming danger is also an opportunity. Maybe this is our opportunity to bring more than pics to our tweets. Maybe this is an opportunity to share experiences and news about the clothes free life which relies on things twitter won’t curb to promote and share clothes free living. Maybe like the survivors in the movie we can best the purge. Maybe?
update The British Naturism account is back without the previous cover photo.