No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

There is no #AntiAtheistCampaign on Twitter. It’s just a crackdown on spam. « Skeptical Software Tools.

I happened to stumble across a few Tweets yesterday that contained the hashtag #AntiAtheistCampaign. Hashtags are often used to organize on Twitter. This appeared to be some people organizing against some sort of oppression against certain Twitter accounts. Was it widespread? Was it orchestrated by the religious? I delved in further.

What I found was a disappointing lack of skepticism, a great deal of conspiracy mongering and very little evidence.

Now, clearly there were in fact some Twitter accounts that had been disabled, the evidence of that is undeniable. But with a little bit of awareness of what these folks were doing with their accounts, along with quick scan of the Twitter blog and even the tech news sites, one can piece together what is happening.

Bottom line: there is no evidence at all that Christians are ganging up on atheists on Twitter in an organized (and successful) campaign to get their accounts disabled. There is a much simpler explanation.

Source: Tim Farley (@krelnik on Twitter)

This is the second time that Twitter has been accused of anti-atheist sentiments. The first time, I recall, was when Christopher Hitchens died and the hashtag #godisnotgreat was observed to NOT be trending. Here is the story about that.

This time, Tim shows us that Twitter’s policies are applied across the board. They are enforcing a policy against “@ mention” spam.

I appreciated this article because skeptics are not immune from jumping to mistaken conclusions, getting indignant and passing on their outrage to others (that don’t check) and consequently become outraged. Check your facts, especially when it appears to hit an emotional hot button.

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  3 comments for “No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

  1. April 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Thanks for the kind words! It has certainly been a very popular post on my blog. The most vehement pushers of the hashtag still disagree with my analysis, though.

  2. Reed E
    April 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    What evidence are the vehement pushers presenting to make a case that they are being targeted specifically because of their views?

    If none and they also claim the labels of reason, rational and skeptic, it’s ironic.

  3. April 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    It does appear that maybe mistakes were made, or some accounts were shut down because they unintentionally broke rules? If that’s the case, it was just arguing over twitter. That’s not the best activism action I can think of. Sounds like a way just to get yourself and others irritated and blocked.

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