— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) January 13, 2013
Twitter makes it easy to report accounts for spam. When enough users report an account, it automatically gets suspended. Some users abuse this feature by organizing a group to report or “spam-block” a single account in order to get it suspended.
Conservatives created the “Twitter Gulag Defense Network” or #TGDN to stop spam-blocking attacks. Aware that accounts with more followers are less likely to get suspended, they mutually followed anyone else using #TGDN. Now that their group is organized and members are protected, they have begun targeted spam-blocking of progressive accounts, exactly what their group was created to oppose. Ironic.
The solution: do not engage. If you don’t @mention or follow an account first, Twitter doesn’t care whether that account spam-blocks you later. Never tweet or follow any account sporting #TGDN. Ignore any account that mentions you with #TGDN in their tweets. Unfollow any accounts with #TGDN in their biography.
Update: @ToddKincannon, who created the #TGDN, has recently come out against spam-blocking of accounts (h/t @soderstrom). This behavior is still prevalent among members of #TGDN, so avoidance remains your best strategy to cope. Hopefully this group will work to control bad actors among its ranks.
I’ve been on Twitter for a little over a year and share this: Do not engage with lib trolls. Period. Spam block.#TGDN
— FredZeppelin (@FredZeppelin12) January 22, 2013
— Eric Schoen (@ericstruth) January 22, 2013
— Pink Conservative (@Jacquie0415) January 21, 2013