Fuck you too, Twitter

Puberty Tales on Twitter April 1, 2014. Now suspended.

We’ve had a very successful spree on Twitter over the last half year, with Destroyer, Breaking Boy News, Puberty Tales and their editors/authors gaining thousands of followers, mainly among gay youth globally, resulting in hundreds of retweets and many new visitors to the websites of our little boy empire.

Of course it couldn’t last.

Now all but one account has been suspended. Despite there was nothing illegal to see there – of course not. But then Twitter suspensions have nothing to do with whether something is legal or not, but whether it’s … I don’t know, objectionable? By the standards of a Midwestern soccer mom?

Breaking Boy News Twitter account, now suspended

I’m not surprised. Twitter is an American company, and despite being more liberal than Facebook (breastfeeding, yuck!) and Google (gay blogs, yuck!), it’s still an American company. I never trust American companies and I knew this would happen eventually.

It’s sad though to see Destroyer’s account go after almost five years. Yes, you might remember that we started tweeting actively in 2009, and by then we had already had the account “for ages”.

Destroyer Magazine on Twitter: 2009-2014. Suspended for unknown reasons, but possibly because of complaints from Midwestern soccer moms who prefer their sons to date girls instead of boys
Destroyer Magazine on Twitter: 2009-2014. Suspended for unknown reasons, but possibly because of complaints from Midwestern soccer moms who prefer their sons to date girls instead of boys.

I’ll take this as an opportunity to abandon Twitter altogether, after having done the same thing with Facebook after they suspended Breaking Boy News in 2012.

It was fun while it lasted.

But it’s good to be self-hosted. Destroyer and its kind put terms and conditions to the test, try the limits of those elastic paragraphs about “obscene” and “immoral” content. We’re proud to do so, but it has also taught us not to rely on third-party providers.

6 thoughts on “Fuck you too, Twitter

  1. fuck these soccer moms and shit views. i was suspended from youtube for 2 weeks for doing a sexy gay dance video. fuck. i need to figure out how to do my own stuff, so no one ever bans me again.

  2. Yet they still allow @chelsfergo her page. It’s clear, no one complains about her because a lot of people like titties, I can’t say I hate the page but I certainly don’t like it as much as a lot of people do. My mum said she couldn’t have been prouder of me when I came out, I wish more parents were like that because these are awesome websites and whoever thinks they aren’t to me are the people with the problems.

  3. Thanks for your comments. Basically I never relied on Twitter (or Facebook et al) and didn’t post anything exclusive there. It was more of a fun bonus. The core of my business and work will remain self-hosted, like this blog.

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