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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

Twitter locked me out — for a ubiquitous cultural reference

Forget Skynet or The Matrix. Social media algorithms have already come for me. Last week Twitter officially suspended one of my accounts.

Generally, I support social media companies cleaning up the cesspools of bile that proliferate on their platforms. I have been an ardent opponent of bloodlust rhetoric, support efforts to combat dangerous disinformation and condemn calls to violence.

But when algorithms and an army of reviewers cannot differentiate between such threats and metaphorical references to cultural touchstones, it presents a problem.

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