Hard Times To Be A Wacko, Unemployed Basement-dwelling Conspiracy Theorist

Good news from Twitter as they announced this week that they are removing thousands of accounts and tweets that support the baseless conspiracy theories from its platform, citing them as having the potential to incite “coordinated harmful activity” — the sort that in some cases may lead to real-world harassment and other harms.

All of this got us thinking about Tony Ortega. If ever there were a poster boy for crackpot conspiracy theorists everywhere, Tony Ortega is surely it. Even the wording Twitter is using in its announcement seems tailor made to crackdown on wingnuts like Ortega who abuse the platforms terms and conditions in order to spread malicious lies and harmful mischaracterizations in the hopes of sowing chaos.

As Twitter relates in its own words which were released by the company earlier this week via a series of tweets:

“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm… In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action [on the activity of conspiracy theorists] across the service.”

This cannot be good news for the likes of Tony Ortega who, as we previously reported, suffered an earlier setback at Twitter’s hands when the company cracked down on fake users and hired ‘bot armies’ which unscrupulous operators like Ortega paid for in order to make himself appear more well-liked than he actually is in reality.

Sadly for Ortega, Twitter wound up exposing a good chunk of his ‘fan base’ as frauds and summarily kicked them from the service. Now, in Twitter’s latest initiative, more than 7,000 accounts have been suspended so far. And Twitter is predicting that number might be as many as 150,000 before all is said and done.

In short, Twitter’s new policy aims to curb the rampant misuse of its platform for the spreading of harmful lies designed to mislead and malign.

All of which suggests it might be hard times to be a wacko, unemployed basement-dwelling conspiracy theorist these days.

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