UPDATE! After several weeks of effort with Twitter staff doing their due diligence, Ken Gray, writer of the sort-of-blog The Bulldog at the Ottawa Citizen, has failed in his efforts to censor my Twitter account, @KenGrayOttawa! I now know with certainty it was Ken Gray himself (not some lawyer with the newspaper) who attempted this censorship, as this was accidentally confirmed by Twitter in an email that said “the complaint from the reporter.” It’s no wonder The Bulldog has been more like The Bullshit in recent weeks, Ken Gray has battled with Twitter over no less than FIVE alternate accounts that were created to combat his censorship with spurious claims that the account was not sufficiently differentiated. The fact is, it was clear to everyone that Mr. Gray does not write as well as yours truly, not on a blog, and certainly not on Twitter!
Ken Gray has been haggling the Twitter folks to death, the finally told me if I changed the username to KenGrayOttawaNo they would tell him to shove off, once and for all. So, annoying as it is that a staff member of the Ottawa Citizen is fighting freedom instead of standing up against censorship, the change as been made. It is worth the compromise to continue holding Mr. Gray accountable for his shoddy work in the public domain.
Mr. Gray has grown so irrelevant in Ottawa media circles that we were going to leave him alone. We haven’t blogged about his stupidities for some time. Our fun has been limited to tweeting from @KenGrayOttawa, an account clearly identified as a spoof and in full compliance with Twitter terms of service.
The problem for Ken Gray and the @OttawaCitizen folks is that @KenGrayOttawa was proving to be much more popular than @KenGray. In fact, we had already surpassed him on Google! Clearly, things were only going to get worse for Mr. Gray, who fancies himself a precious journalistic gem.
Instead of dealing with his many inadequacies, Ken Gray and the Ottawa Citizen have attempted to have the account permanently suspended (they have succeeded thus far in a temporary suspension, Twitter has yet to explain the grounds for this).
With 2000 followers accumulated in just a few weeks, it will be disappointing if @KenGrayOttawa never returns. Hopefully Twitter will do the right thing. But we’re not waiting to find out!
Like a phoenix we rise again to put a burn on Ken Gray and the Ottawa Citizen. We don’t like censorship. It was all in good fun, but now we’re pissed off, and we think you should be too. If you value free speech and don’t think corporate media like the Ottawa Citizen should be involved in censoring the internet, we think you should follow @KenGrayOttawaNo.
Join us in giving Mr. Gray and his scumbag newspaper a piece of your mind: the media should be fighting censorship, not driving it! Shame on you Ottawa Citizen! Shame on you Ken Gray! And shame on you too, if you don’t do something about it!