When Twitter puts “optional” options in front of you, don’t believe, because actually they are not; Twitter forces users to only one option

Some time after we opened our blog, WD and I got a Twitter account. Our Twitter account opening date is 2014. We were going to tweet to support the blog. Of course it was not like that, because we were very busy. We logged in from time to time to keep it open. We haven’t used it for many years. Until about 2 years ago. We started to use Twitter more often. Then the pandemic started and we spent more time on Twitter.

This time was stopped at Tue, 4 May, 2021, 2:08 pm.
Because our account has been locked by Twitter.

The reason was as follows in the notification was sent to the email account by Twitter.
“Your account has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules.
Specifically for:
Violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.”

The tweet that caused this result was also:
“Eliminate yourself for the sake of universe.”

When I look at the dictionary, “eliminate” has 6 meanings. Although they are close to each other, the meanings are used in different places. But for some reason the Twitter user who reported/complained me (most likely the person I wrote this tweet who reporting me), to Twitter on what I wrote in a totally sarcastic thought.

He/she was a liberal, judging everyone under the original tweet according to his/her own narrow patterns. In fact, same person was called a troll account, as far as I remember.

Until today, I was sweared by some people, especially in the last year on Twitter. Even once, because of I am an atheist, a twitter user even wrote me by swear words (via a picture of a church pastor with a kalashnikov) that he will destroy me. But I haven’t complained/reported anyone. Cursing belongs to the person who swears, it does not make me smaller. Already I can deal with such people and silence them without cursing.

With this complaint/report on Twitter, Twitter immediately emailed me and have locked my account to show how serious they were on this issue.

Already with Twitter logic, for example, if I hadn’t used “eliminate”, but used the Dalek meme in Dr. Who, it wouldn’t be a problem, but whatever. Now, let’s not stop millions of people using the Dalek meme on Twitter.;)

Our main subject is not my tweet anyway in this post, the main issue is what Twitter did afterwards.

Once I told the incident to Twitter according to myself, but they returned to me with a refusal. Because apparently, while dozens of attacks on personal rights happening, fake news and propagandas flying around, horrifying images were in front of everyone on Twitter, it was a huge thing that I did next to them! And possibly even the person I tweeted, after reading my tweet, suddenly stood up and threw himself/herself out of the window. Of course that can be.:) After all, I said “okay”, eventually Twitter would not say they made a mistake.

They sent me this against my request:

Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision.

You will not be able to access Twitter through your account due to violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically our rules around:

“Violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm”

In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.

The last paragraph is important, because now the most exciting part begins!

In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.

So what did I need to do? I needed to log in my account and follow the instructions to resolve the issue.

But, when I’ve opened the log in panel, I have met following scene:

Hmm? Have I ever added any phone number to my twitter account? NO.

Does Twitter always say “phone number” or “email address” are optional for users to choose one of them in many place of Twitter policy or terms on use or etc? YES.

Like in Twitter page with tittle:
Notices on Twitter and what they mean

Verifying account ownership: To ensure that violators do not abuse the anonymity we offer and harass others on the platform, we may require the account owner to verify ownership with a phone number or email address. This also helps us identify violators who are operating multiple accounts for abusive purposes and take action on such accounts. Note that when an account has been locked pending completion of a challenge (such as being required to provide a phone number), it is removed from follower counts, Retweets, and likes until a phone number is provided.

Can you look at the difference between the first sentence and the last sentence, especially the bold words? It actually seems to have similar meanings, but it’s not. Twitter creates space to expand its range of motion and restrict users’ range of motion.

Twitter may also ask/verify for a “phone number” on your account to ensure you do not repeat the same action later, even if you have never registered a phone number into your account. It is not certain, but there is such a possibility.

In other words, when there are so many malicious Twitter users, Twitter can use this gap because of a word “eliminate” for the users like me. So, on like the users, who never cursed or exhibited bad and harmful behaviour during 7 years, they see that they have right to apply this gap in their terms on us!

But on the other side this might be actually a security gap for them.

How come? Like that:

I use Twitter on my home computer. I do not have such Twitter application on the phone. For this reason, I have never saved a phone number in Twitter account. Because even at the beginning, when you create an account, you will see a screen like this:

What does “use phone instead” mean? Is there a meaning for Twitter?

For a user like me it means that I could use or not, this is my option. But it seems it does not like that for Twitter.

Anyway,

Let’s say this requested phone number (that number that has not been registered in the account until today by me) was given and the instructions were followed. How the second stage of this will be, that is, crosscheck?

So how will Twitter know that this phone number belong to me?

Twitter may say, “but we sent you an email.”

But what if my email address was hacked? Then it means that the hackers will be able to access my twitter account by giving any phone number?

What do you think Twitter???

As a result,

I will not log into the account by typing in any phone number.

Because I am not an account owner who will constantly repeat the same “violation” action that Twitter wants to determine, if Twitter choose to put me in that category.

I also find it unacceptable for Twitter to act with the idea of putting me in this category.

If Twitter wants to put me in another category and validate themselves in that way (while there is no other category that they can ask phone number and put me in, inside all their rules), I wish them success on this tricking path!

So the more mobility space that Twitter wants to create and forcing the user by creating an open back door in their terms of use does not work on me.

If Twitter asked me to save me the phone number from begining according to their terms, then I could think.

But if Twitter didn’t ask a phone number at all and tries to record it this way now, what is it if not forcing!

I get really sick of this planet where everyone is trying to put pressure on everyone more or less, secretly or openly, forcing something! Actually this is the focusing point of this post!

In addition, while Twitter forcing me to give a phone number in this way, those who have locked accounts due to similar reasons with me can access their account (the ones whose phone number is before registered, by entering this number for following instructions) when I cannot access my account, it shows that Twitter takes the same rights from some of the users, depending on different practices in same rules.

Twitter today may think that implicitly asking for it in this way does not create a security vulnerability, since mine is an account with low followers. But when one day they try to open a similar backdoor, if this way of Twitter runs into a few big accounts, then I think they will understand what these are costing.

By the way, three requests with the same content I sent to Twitter were not replied in last 5 days. Simply I asked Twitter to direct me to a panel on screen which allows me to contuniue via email address, not telephone number.

So if you’ve heard that Twitter helps you a lot for your problems, that part is a huge gas cloud. It could even be a nebula.

They were confident and speed replied me about why my account was locked on the same day, (in about 5 hours if I am not mistaken), while they did not respond to such an important issue for 5 days.

Under all these circumstances, my account will most likely be closed totally, because Twitter has made this happen to a user, and has not come up with a solution. Because I will never enter a phone number. This is my decision. Because Twitter shouldn’t have tried to get a phone number from me this way via backdoors.

I note my decision as one of those times when I took a firm stand against something inaccurate, for my own history. Twitter, you too note this to your “glorious success(!)” history too!

10 thoughts on “When Twitter puts “optional” options in front of you, don’t believe, because actually they are not; Twitter forces users to only one option

  1. That’s curious: because Facebook made me change my Burning Blogger icon yesterday after it was flagged up for promoting suicide and self-harm: because the cartoon image (of Stewie the baby from Family Guy) showed him holding a gun in his mouth.

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    • I did not know Facebook behaves similarly. I have never had a Facebook account in my life on this planet. But if you were asked for such a change, shouldn’t they block the use of this image from the main source in the first place? After all, this picture appears in many places on the internet. But they can’t do it, because it’s a cartoon. Cartoon is a branch of art, and it is an art branch that has historically intertwined many different disciplines from painting to photography and cinema. If this picture is a frame taken from a cartoon, it is an individual and subjective right related to artistic freedom, that is, to fundamental rights and freedoms. In this context, have a go directly to cartoons creates problems for such social platforms that will create great boredom. That is, they only show themselves as “pretending” and then take an attitude that means “but we are not responsible for the result in any means.”

      According to Norman McLaren, one of the pioneers of Animation art, what happens between both frames is much more important than what is on the frame. So animation is “the art of creating invisible gaps between frames.”

      So my dear earthling friend, maybe Facebook has sensed the danger that might take place in the gap between the scene where the image you use was taken and the next one, who knows? Haha!

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  2. Why flag your account when there are million accounts putting out hateful, hurtful and insensitive comments and they are being allowed to tweet away to glory? Providing a phone number will cleanse their sins? The insensitive tweets and the harm done will be forgotten? Total BS!

    In your case context is important. The other user said something mean and you responded. It’s become difficult to even have an opinion on social media platforms/even life lately. Everyone is a snowflake with tiny egos and no ability to reflect upon themselves. Twitter being a go to place for everyone to express themselves i am really surprised they haven’t explored context based sentiment analysis. I don’t know much about this either but there must be some automation being used to check reported tweets/users.

    To be honest social media companies are profiting off the data We provide them. Whatever our reasons for being on any free platform, they will try to profit from it. As the saying goes, “If you are not paying for the product, you are the product”. So for them it’s a two way win. They get user’s data if someone provides number. And if they don’t provide number, they usually will go and create another account with throwaway email id, so they get another account in their database. Win-Win for them. Win-loss situation for us.

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    • You’re right dear Varsh! It’s a win-win situation for them, commercially. As a matter of fact, I was able to devote more time to Twitter due to the pandemic. Now I can hardly raise my arm because of the extreme heat. All the movies- TV series and documentaries set in the north with a snow theme in the background are again my favorite this year. They affect psychologically well. 🙂

      Anyway, going back to Twitter’s nonsenses, there are actually billions of people on the planet who live without twitter. Just as there will be many billions to live without it somehow. Here is a platform that describes itself as a decent platform, but can’t even respond when they’re said that they’re not. They didn’t even get back to my statements that I wrote to them, proving that I was right.

      They’re too shapeless to respond, so. As time passes, if I don’t log in, the account will be closed by itself, and they spend this suspended period without answering. But it really shows how incompetent they are. Here I am the winner, not materially, but in terms of righteousness, in terms of accuracy. Because a billion dollar platform cannot even respond to a small account holder like me. Because every answer they give will make me more right. 🙂

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      • Twitter is getting into a lot of issues lately. Yours is a righteous addition to it. I doubt there will be any resolution soon.

        Sad to hear about the hot weather at your place, seems like 2021 is turning out to be crazier than 2020. Covid, heatwaves, fires in the ocean, floods, riots, etc, etc., I think the future is going to be escalations of all of these… Earth will never be “normal” again 🙃

        Since you are on a winter movie/TV series marathon, might I recommend the movie “The grand Budapest hotel”. It’s a comedy drama and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and highly recommend it!

        I would also recommend a documentary “Winter on Fire” about Ukraine’s freedom. I was dumbstruck throughout the length of the documentary. It’s more of a hard hitting reality than entertainment, it WILL affect psychology and may cause you to simmer in sadness for a while, so don’t watch this if you are looking for entertainment.😬

        Watch Home Alone, Narnia, Ice Age, Harry Potter if you haven’t already!

        Happy Bingeing! 😁

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      • Yes, dear Varsh, the world will never be the normal state. And, I had watched “The grand Budapest hotel” twice.:) It is great movie I think, and very enjoyable. It is Wes Anderson movie you know, and I had also watched some other of his movies, such as “Moonrise Kingdom”, “The Darjeeling Limited” and the last “Isle of dogs”. I think you can also like watch these too. The last one “Isle of the dogs” is an anime by the way. I am also taking “Winter on Fire” on my list which will be watched. Thank you! I quite annoy this hot weather; and every year its effect increase more and more, you know. I hope these movies and documenteries would be help. Happy bingeing to you too!:)

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