#TeamFeral Wins: Andie Pauly still banned by Twitter
Iron Troll‘s inimitable Zile Ohai follows up on our story on Twitter’s permanent suspension of venal racist Angela Schmidt Pauly.
[S]he’s still gone, so it looks like this is a permanent suspension.
Andie Pauly made international headlines when she was the subject of a not-very-flattering article in BBC Trending, written by Olivia Crellen. Andie’s response to the column was to wage war on Ms Crellen, which resulted in Andie getting a brief suspension.
Andie is claiming her most recent suspension was for posting a Dean Martin meme and that Twitter wants her to delete it before they’ll unsuspend her.
That scenario is highly unlikely. In cases of an offensive tweet, Twitter locks the account until the tweet is deleted. The account isn’t suspended while it’s locked and doesn’t appear publicly as being suspended. It’s much more likely that Andie got abusive again and used up all her second chances with Twitter.
In the immortal words of Roman orator Cicero, “True dat.”
Our own sources tell us that the decision by Twitter to suspend Pauly was taken after it was brought to their attention that Pauly was using the service to post multiple bounties – in the form of cash and gift cards – on individuals whose anonymity she wanted to expose.
Additionally, a source with close ties to Twitter tells us that over fifty of Pauly’s followers have been suspended in connection with not only the “bounty” posts but a broader investigation of Pauly’s promotion of revenge porn detailed by the BBC’s Olivia Crellin.
#TeamFeral is a reference to a circle of Twitter users who criticized Pauly’s serial violation of Twitter’s terms of service and actively encouraged Twitter to take action. Pauly uses the term “feral” as a racist pejorative describing African-Americans.