Thank you to everyone sending messages of support.
Twitter suspended my account @steveouttrim out of the blue, citing “spam and platform manipulation” – neither of which is true. It appears I got caught up in the mass purge of Trump-supporting accounts.
I contacted their support team to appeal, but I don’t hold out much hope as the true motivation behind this seems political rather than their stated reason.
You can still find me there on the account for this blog, @burnersdotme. At least for now…the de-platformers have had me in their sights for a long time, no doubt they will be trying to take that account out soon also.
Twitter was careful to wait until the stockmarket closed before implementing their sweeping censorship. Even so, with a nearly 4% drop in after hours trading this has cost them about $1.6 billion. It is hard to see future upside in the stock if they are deliberately alienating half their user base.
The biggest target of the purge was obviously Donald Trump (89 million followers), who is still President of the United States. He was simultaneously de-platformed on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch, TikTok, Discord, Shopify, Spotify, Pinterest.
CampaignMonitor, the mailing list provider for his campaign suspended him. Online stores selling Trump-related merchandise were also taken out. The President’s official Twitter account @POTUS is still there but recent messages from Trump were arbitrarily deleted.
Trump’s YouTube channel (2.7m) is still there. Steve Bannon’s War Room YouTube channel (330k subs) was also removed.
Some of the other accounts taken out were much larger than mine (9200 followers):
General Michael Flynn (1.2m)
Michael Flynn Jr
Sidney Powell (1.2m)
Lin Wood (1.1m)
Tracy Beanz (533k)
Major Patriot (311k)
Praying Medic (476k)
Ron Watkins (CodeMonkey)
Jim Watkins (RQueenInc, IsItWetYet)
We The Inevitable
Amazing Polly (99freemind)
3 Days 3 Nights
Vincent Kennedy (319k)
Pepe News Now (69k)
Zach Haller (Shirtless Pundit)
ANCReport (Ryan Dawson)
Sir William Scot5
Rush Limbaugh’s account is gone, but a Twitter spokesperson said his account was deactivated by the user, not by them.
Many accounts that remained reported losing large numbers of followers.
Some accounts strangely managed to survive the purge:
Recently I have been rather bizarrely targeted on Twitter by an account called Chronic0ps sharing “research” about my “connections”. I know this Anon from the Lift the Veil chat community, although I haven’t seen them around there for quite some time. Jack Posobiec revealed “we’re scraping all the Discord chats”, so we know that the intelligence community are data-mining social media, especially any channels that consider the possibility that media events may be staged by crisis actors. Is this person just a curious bystander, or does their obsession indicate some sort of professional interest?
These maps are produced using a free data visualization tool called Gephi. Basically, they suck a lot of data in from the Twitter API, then apply filters and drag and drop names to create “data maps”. By moving certain names closer to the edge of the screen and each other, they can make the connections and maps appear denser. Certain patterns can be color-coded.
Chronic0ps just released a video claiming to explain it. It sure did: it shows all they are doing is dragging and dropping names together to get the result they want, usually making someone look “connected”. Then they can screen cap the image and use it for further discussion as “proof”.
People appear close to each other in the data map, not because the data mining has revealed some secret connection, but simply because the human operator has dragged them to be close to each other.
In reality, it proves nothing. If I like, retweet, or comment on somebody else’s Tweet, it does not mean that I am working for them, know them in real life, or are “connected” any further than bumping into people on the Internet. I have just under 5,000 twitter followers on @steveouttrim and just over 15,000 @burnersdotme ; a few thousand more on Instagram and subscribed here on WordPress, and more than a quarter of a million on Facebook. How many of these people do I actually know, and how many do I really follow and interact with? Maybe 1-2,000, total. Given such a large dataset, though, it is possible to drag and drop names within it and change filter settings to create pretty much any grouping or clustering or color code you want. Just drag a controversial figure like “David Duke” next to me, if I retweet something from President Trump and so do they, it can be made to look like we are both “connected” to Trump and each other.
Now we have a known LARPer “JB” admitting that these data sets are the new memes, and should be used for the 2020 election.
Interesting that this account has been taken down since we originally published this post. Here’s a screenshot of the Tweet:
You’ll note that he is not encouraging research into if there are actually connections of any substance. Just the manipulation of the data sets to create the impression of connections, which are then to be preserved on the blockchain forever. If a journalists writes content that is ideologically aligned to AntiFa, it seems likely that AntiFa followers will retweet, like or comment on that content. Does that mean that journalist is part of AntiFa? Not at all, this is two logical fallacies at once, a non sequitur and guilt by association.
I presume this is the same JB who claims to have founded #QAnon with Defango and Microchip, since they are all retweeting each other. These guys claim to have created Q as a LARP to troll the Christian right. You can read my debunking of that and also my analysis of what has really been going on with the Q psyop.
The video below is an example of how these data sets are then manipulated with sophistry to spin a narrative. It doesn’t matter if it’s “true” or not, since it’s not really showing anything anyway. The underlying science is so far over most peoples’ heads that they will believe anything the presenter suggests. You will note Defango saying “very interesting” quite often, as if he is presenting some sort of vast conspiracy. But he never actually states why it is interesting, or what sort of conspiracy he thinks this “data science” is illustrating. Just “everyone on this map is part of a psyop”, something that Chronic0ps himself does not conclude.
Defango’s description is a lot of words but really not saying anything in particular.
The code doesn’t make up things, it just shows you what it knows how to do and how it’s doing it. Right now there are so many psyops running and people blame the wrong people for “promoting” it. When you look at the digital footprint on twitter of Cicada 3301 overlayed with Qanon you will notice something pretty strange. There are many things that are missed with connections, sometimes people forget that public platforms with public api’s allow people to do some amazing things if they have some skill. I was hoping for someone with this skill to start making some graphs of whats really going on and it’s a great piece of information.
“The code doesn’t make up things”, says Defango, but in Chronic0ps video it shows quite clearly how dragging and dropping names to different positions on the map paints different pictures. They can just keep doing it until they get the picture that they want; what the picture actually demonstrates is never explained by anyone.
Chronic0ps admits that the point of what they are doing is to control people through information. This is propaganda, or as Michael Aquino calls it, “Lesser Black Magic”.
I tweet with the #QAnon hashtag all the time, that’s an audience I want to be in. #AntiFa or #Cicada3301 are not. Unlike Defango, I don’t play puzzle LARP games on the Internet. In fact the only reason I am connected to Cicada 3301 is because I try to follow anyone who has anything to do with that network, either for or against. Chronic0ps knows that, because I told him directly. This does nothing to stop the data being used to infer things that are untrue because that suits a narrative. The current narrative is that anyone who criticizes Defango is part of an organized gang that is stalking him. The truth is that Defango has threatened me and constantly lies about me, I have a right to defend myself from his slander to also to express my opinion of him. Nobody has to pay me or encourage me to do that, he brings it on himself with shows like the above.
Projecting onto your opponents the crimes and bad behavior of yourself is straight out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.
Here’s my chat log with @chronic0ps , who has been studying me for almost a year now.
I have long sided with those who believed that the Cicada puzzle came from the intelligence community and was being used by the NSA as a recruitment tool. One strong piece of evidence for that in my opinion is that it’s promoted in a book of puzzles that the NSA funded their “Scholar in Residence” to write:
It has now come out that Cicada 3301 was founded by Bruce C Clarke, Jr, the former head of the CIA’s research division; and co-founder Thomas Schoenberger previously worked for the Pentagon, possibly on remote viewing projects such as STARGATE or GRILL FLAME.
I collect stuff like this. I want to know what they’re doing to us. It seems that these Data Maps are the latest tool that will be used for cyber-bullying and smear campaigns – directed not just at their targets, but also the followers of those targets.
The UK’s Telegraph has an article comparing Burning Man with the rise of the social media network Ello (I’m @zos). It seems social media has become full of squares and obsessed with monetization; so the cool kids are looking for something new.
Last year, two square, but great, friends of mine announced they were going to the Burning Man festival in Nevada’s Black Rock desert.
Aerial view of Afrika Burn, 2013
Of course they were entitled to do so, but my first thoughts were that if people like that were going, then Burning Man was over as a out-there festival. Not only was it time to turn to the infinitely more interesting AfrikaBurn in South Africa’s Tankwa Karoo, but it also minded me of other people’s adoption of social media, especially Twitter.
It was only a matter of time before all the early day Cassandras and piss-takers finally joined Twitter, but now that they’ve done so along with most reasonably educated people, perhaps it is time to turn to the AfrikaBurn equivalent of Twitter’s Burning Man and find another medium to operate within.
That potential decision is being replicated by many others who’ve been on social networks for the past five years or so. We probably weren’t the earliest of adopters, but call us the middle-class adopters, those who catch a fire, not ignite the flame…
The recent emergence of trending, invitation-only, ad-free and minimalist social network Ello is a case in point. Its founder Paul Budnitz pulls no punches in his company’s attitude towards a network such as Facebook. “We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership. We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate – but a place to connect, create and celebrate life,” he says.
…Twitter needs to monetise and the recent announcement by its CFO Anthony Noto at a financial conference that it will introduce a Facebook-style feed filtered algorithmically because Twitter believes it KNOWS what is important to you, does not augur well. Twitter’s desperation to monetise means that existing Twitter lovers will feel that adoration slowly dribble away. New users, such as past-it-Burning-Man-attendees won’t care about this; people like us will. It’s like being a mobile operator customer for a decade and then finding out new subscribers are receiving deals you were never offered and never dreamt about.
…The same goes for brands on Facebook. The much-derided ‘Likes’ metric may have had its day, but even so brands still need to have a minimum of ‘Likes’ to feel authentic in front of a social audience. Even so, there appears to be on Facebook a ‘10,000 rule’, rather like the so-called 10,000 hours that must be practised before somebody becomes sufficiently accomplished at a craft.
…“Our graphs show that not only does reach decline after 10,000 likes, but the bottom line is that even though you could put in significant efforts to grow your Facebook ‘status’, an algorithm change on Facebook’s side could wipe out your efforts anyway”, he says.
…Twitter [launched] The Dots, a ‘LinkedIn for creatives’, so the Social Media 2.0 bandwagon is continuing to attract new caravanners as much as the aforesaid Burning Man festival is losing the cool factor.
Ello and Dots are just the beginning. Whether they are the new Facebook or Twitter remains to be seen, but the one thing that is certain that I’ll be at AfrikaBurn in South Africa next April.
Maybe I’ll invite my square mates along and send them an invitation to Ello at the same time. Thus the circle will be squared.