Hello people of the BMG community. Greetings from under the bedcovers, in my heater-induced, 30°C temperature room, in Mississauga, Ontario.
I’m sure a number of you would have been wondering where my Twitter page suddenly disappeared into. Apparently it was permanently suspended for reasons best known to the Twitter Help centre. Last tweet I shared on my profile, was the one where I asked Pro-Atiku followers to unfollow me on Twitter because I recall how unreasonable these political Twitter activists can be and I wasn’t ready then & I’m still not ready for all that drama.
Imagine my surprise when I checked my Twitter page a few hours later and discovered it had been yanked off… Chineke me… lekwa nsogbu (My God, see problem). ???
The notification from the Twitter Help centre at this time was that my account had been compromised and I had to reset my password. According to them, once I did that, my account will be reactivated.
The dutiful blogger that I am, I went ahead and updated my password waiting for my account to be back up in 24 hours. 72 hours after the password reset, nothing happened. I could only view 3 days old tweets on my Twitter timeline & I couldn’t tweet.
So, I went ahead and raised a ticket to the same Twitter Help centre to confirm what the issue was. After receiving a cryptic email from their team to respond via my email to confirm I wasn’t a robot, I was asked to ‘exercise patience’ (Nigerian English ?) for another 48 hours on my raised ticket.
2 days later, I receive another ambiguous email – a one liner- telling me my account has been permanently suspended for multiple violations of Twitter rules. No examples of these violations were given, no previous warnings… nothing… nada.
Over the next 7 days, I tried to explain via more emails to the Twitter Help centre, copying in a number of big-wigs at Twitter, informing them that I did not believe I had multiple violations on my account and that in fact the original notification I had received was that my account had been compromised.
All my explanations seem to have fallen on deaf ears because they came back with the same cryptic response, telling me my account has been suspended and for me not to respond to the email thread again because the case is closed.
And that’s how my Twitter account was suspended. Hopefully not forever but to be honest I have lost all respect for Twitter and I am so incredibly discouraged to open a new one. The highandedness of their decision leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
So, my dear friends and loyalists, this is a call to action to subscribe directly to my blog here
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Let us together prove that one setback with an unfair social media app cannot deter the light that the BlackMigrantGirl blog brings to people all over the world (a tad bit dramatic but I believe this is fair enough, given the current circumstances)
Wishing you a bright and sunny Monday regardless of what part of the world you are receiving this from.