Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Medieval Deathbot got suspended
Twitter, in all their infinite widsom, decided to suspend the Medieval Deathbot. I'm not sure why or exactly when, probably sometime around the new year since that looks like it's latest tweet (I can log in and see tweets, but can't do anything.) Back in October, it was locked because the auto-reply deaths either got repeatedly flagged as harrassment by people, or an algorithm caught them and decided that the bot was genuinely trying to threaten harm to people. I deleted the offending tweets and went as far as to delete ALL the reply tweets on that account since it had started some 7 years ago. It was like, 40k tweets or something. Ridiculous.
Despite all that, it seems to have been banned anyway. What's infurating is that I wasn't sent an email about it, or given an explanation. This has happened twice already to two other of my accounts since october--suspensions without emails and without any explanation or proof as to why it was a valid suspension. I can't get a human to look at the appeals for any account, and since I've had 3 so far banned, twitter has deemed me a violent, terrible person who shouldn't be on the site, and I'm not allowed to make any new accounts. I've never done anything violent or seriously wished harm on a person, never harassed anyone, never posted anything inflammatory or, I dunno, whatever else the TOS violations are. So I'm not really sure what's going on.
I'll try to see if there's some way I can bring the bot back. It's pretty bad timing to be having this go on, especially as I'm right now in the middle of finishing up the illustrations for the book and writing the intro so it can finally be delivered to the publishers.
I'll keep you all posted! For now, here's a little look at some of the art for the book!