Balloon guy deplatform
Yesterday, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account was permanently suspended from Twitter for spreading false information about the COVID vaccine. According to New York Times, Greene was on his âfifth strikeâ for violating Twitter’s policies on COVID disinformation. Since December 2021, Twitter’s COVID security policy states:
Even as scientific understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we have observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, fear-mongering rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reports, and a wide range of False narratives and unfounded rumors that are not contextualized can prevent the public from making informed decisions about their health and put individuals, families and communities at risk.
Do you remember someone else’s dangerous screeds? Let me make a few illuminating edits to help you out:
We have observed the emergence of persistent conspiracy theories, scaremongering rhetoric unfounded in research or credible reports, and a wide range of false narratives and unsubstantiated rumors, which, left without context, can prevent the public to make informed decisions about their health, and put individuals, families and communities at risk.
Clearer ? Exactly. We all think of the same viral offender: Balloon Guy.
Balloon Guy, aka Michael James Schneider, is a 48-year-old retail manager based in Portland, OR. He’s also an artist, and his medium is the letter-shaped mylar balloon, which he arranges to form various bromides. The artist himself then stands in front of his creation, photographs it and posts it on social media. He has half a million followers on Instagram and 20,000 followers on Twitter.
Balloon Guy, like legend misleads Donald Trump before him, is aware that he has enemies. In reality, Vice did an entire article on his enemies and interviewed him for it last year.
âThere will just be people who hate you no matter what. When something explodes, âsaid Balloon Guy. “I just expect that there will be a small but very strong community of people who will come after me and who will be really, really unhappy.” Yes Yes. The enemies and the losers.
Most of Balloon Guy’s balloon adages (which are sometimes written by him, usually by others) contain the kind of over-the-top, over-the-top rhetoric that makes up for not having anything interesting to say. Take the one in this post:
And this one: This man who declares himself or even hints that he has already fucked is NOT a credible study.
This violates the same kind of principles:
A credible source told me that Balloon Guy allegedly only has 26 balloons of different colors and photoshoots the rest, which I think is the biggest offense of all. Whispers on the internet say there isn’t even air in these Mylar monstrosities:
According to the general guidelines of Twitter on “Synthetic and manipulated media policy”, Balloon Guy is in total violation of a policy which seeks to protect users of the ‘media [that] have been substantially altered or post-processed in a way that fundamentally alters their composition, sequence, timing or framing and distorts their meaning.
On top of all this legal gibberish, this one is harmful to kids, brainwashing them into believing their weirdo is the perfect amount of weirdo their weird soulmate is looking for:
Ditto for this falsehood. It is too late and they are already too old:
And I think this one violates Twitter’s parody policy:
For a safer internet, Balloon Guy needs to be deplatformed immediately. Our reason is at stake