The news of the morning is that sociopathic stalker Chuck C. Johnson has finally crossed the line again, and been suspended from Twitter for the fourth time.
The reason this time: he posted what many construe as a threat to black activist DeRay McKesson:
So, I woke up to this. Hate is organized in America. & yes, I take this as a serious threat. pic.twitter.com/V0zThcJJs6
Was it a serious threat of violence? Chuck will no doubt argue that he was only talking about writing about McKesson. But it needs to be pointed out that Chuck has built a significant following on Twitter of the worst kinds of people — neo-Nazis, white supremacists and right wing extremists of all kinds. He uses the language of violence in a very calculated way, to incite these crazy people against his targets. And Chuck’s targets are: women who report being raped or harassed, black activists and victims of police violence, and anyone who criticizes him publicly.
With me, Chuck crossed the line into real-life stalking, hunting down an address he thought was current (it wasn’t — it was an apartment where I used to live), and posting pictures on Twitter of himself standing outside the apartment building grinning malevolently. Twitter took no action against him for this, even though it’s a very clear violation of their rules.
If past experience is any guide, Johnson will be reinstated by Twitter again, because their much-vaunted new push to protect their users from cyberstalkers like Johnson seems to have no teeth.
And as I wrote this, my prediction came true; he’s already been reinstated by Twitter.
Twitter may not have reinstated him; their system is cached and it takes time for results to propagate across their network. He’s showing as suspended in some Twitter clients, and active in others. Time will tell whether he’s gone or not.
He’s now showing as suspended in all my Twitter clients, both mobile and desktop.