After a few automated messages sent over a period of a few minutes, @JimMWeber was gone for good. According to Weber, while he assumed Twitter might yank the GIFs, he did not think it would ax his account entirely. Still, pulling this GIF of Aly Raisman’s floor routine that someone else posted to Reddit appears to have done the trick.
We contacted the company and it said that “We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons.” As a result, it’s hard to see why this account got the hammer and others have survived (some accounts were banned, at least temporarily, for posting videos), but it is yet another example of how quickly things can move when a powerful organization wants to control the conversation, vs. harassment targeting groups and individuals.
Update, August 25th, 11:30AM ET: It looks like the noise Weber raised over his suspension worked. He’s now been reinstated on Twitter, despite the fact that his ban was said to be permanent. While it’s good to see this outcome, it also highlights how odd Twitter’s responses can be to cases like this — Weber’s account was originally suspended with zero human-to-human interaction. And users who might end up in similar situations without the platform that Weber had might not have the same recourse he was able to take advantage of.