Twitter suspends The Fader's account and a handful of other music blogs
Twitter has suspended accounts of music lifestyle/news publication The Fader along with several other music-centric blogs.
On Tuesday morning, Twitter users began posting the hashtag #FreeFader to show support for the publication and confusion about the account's absence on the social platform. As the day went on, other sites such as 2DOPEBOYZ, Hip Hop N More, and Pigeons and Planes -- a publication owned by Complex -- also revealed their accounts had been suspended.
Twitter declined to comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but The Verge noted they likely have something to do with copyrighted footage or music of last Sunday's BET Awards or Monday's NBA Awards, that was tweeted from the accounts.
In a comical video tweeted from Complex’s official account, John Walaszek, a writer at Pigeons and Planes, claimed the suspension was due to the fact that he "used a song in a meme without expressed written consent from a label."
Meanwhile, fans of The Fader were hashtagging away in an effort to get the site's account unblocked, sharing what they love about the publication and questioning how other, more offensive users still remain free to tweet.
And as for the folks in charge of The Fader's social media? They seem eager to get back to work.
The sites aren't the first to be shut down for copyright-related issues, if that is indeed the reason they were shut down. Back in 2015, Twitter suspended accounts for sports publications like Deadspin and SBNation for copyright violations, and again in 2017 for sharing NFL GIFs. Both accounts have since been restored.
More recently, Twitter permanently banned "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli from its site after he violated the platform's harassment policy by targeting Teen Vogue editor Lauren Duca.
Hopefully The Fader's Twitter suspension will be temporary, but until it's back up you spend some time enjoying these old fashioned things called websites.
Mashable reached out to Twitter, The Fader, Pigeons and Planes, 2DOPEBOYZ, and Hip Hop N More for comment.
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June 27, 2017 at 02:57PM