Many readers of the Barnet Eye as well as our small army of Twitter followers have been up in arms about the blocking by Twitter of the UK URL for this blog as well as all other UK URL's.
The Barnet Eye and fellow Barnet bloggers kicked off a campaign to get Twitter to sort the problem out. We Tweeted @Twitter, we Tweeted @TwitterSupport, we Tweeted at all of the senior management of Twitter we could find. We contacted the National Press. We reported Twitter to itself for violating its own rules.
And guess what? As of today, Twitter has sorted the problem out and UK URL's for blogger are now working again.
However, we've yet to have an apology or even a reply. In short, Twitter's customer service stinks. Sadly, it is a private monopoly. Having invested seven years in building a Twitter profile, it is virtually impossible for a blogger such as me to stop using this important delivery channel.
Anyway, we chalk it off as yet another success for the campaigning of the Barnet Bloggers! Many thanks to everyone who supported us!
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I am livid. I have been a Twitter user for the best part of a decade. I have over 2,000 followers and have posted over 20,000 tweets in that time. I write a blog (this blog) on the UK Blogspot platform and use twitter as a vital part of my interaction with people who are interested in what I have to say.
Yesterday, I tried to post a link to a write up of a shopkeeper killed in Mill Hill. I was shocked to be informed that Twitter would not let me, on the grounds that I may be a Robot! This is the message that was displayed.
I assumed that someone had reported me to Twitter in an act of malicious spite. I Tweeted at the Twitter support. I also cc'd my fellow bloggers. I found I could post links to other sites, just not my blog.
To their credit, we received support from a most unexpected quarter when the picture started to emerge that the other Barnet Bloggers also appear to have been blocked from posting to their website.
We want to make it clear that whoever or whatever was behind this, it wasn't our team. We dont often agree but we do believe in the fourth estate. We hope @TwitterSupport resolve this as soon as possible and will vouch for all four bloggers if necessary.— Barnet Conservatives (@BarnetTories) February 12, 2018
I must say I am highly appreciative of the action of the Barnet Conservatives. It is entirely appropriate that all parties support free speech and genuine comment.
I then discovered that all historical tweets linking to my site also have a health warning. I was shocked to see this message.
I decided to try and contact Twitter support. Rather ironically, having been accused of being an automated Tweeter earlier, I clearly got a response from a Twitter Robot when I attempted this.
Quite frankly, I am completely disgusted with Twitter. I am really not sure where to go with this. I suppose that the National Press is the next step. It seems to me that it ridiculous for Twitter to claim the UK Blogspot URL behaves different to the US version
Quite why Twitter has chosen to declare war on UK Bloggers is something one can only ponder. Is it malicious or simply incompetent. It won't change anything. We won't go away.