Only it wasn”t this one. The account I saw had this name:
You are watching: If only our tongues were made of glass quote
When I returned the next day, I was greeted with the message that the above account had been suspended. Odd. So, I searched again, only this time using the keywords “tongues” and “glass,” — two words in the title of the poem in question — and found that On Press was still in business.
xseionpress. All accounts sported the same On Press logo and spouted the same tweets. One could try to make a claim that these accounts are not “disruptive” or “abusive” (and I”d love to watch them make that claim), but there”s little doubt On Press Inc”s multiple accounts are “overlapping.” (
vseawonpress is the only account not suspended at the time of this writing.)Now, although I was receiving the same stream of misspellings and misinformation from On Press as the other users posting Shaun Shane”s (unattributed) poem, I wasn”t seeing any signs of life. I was pretty much convinced it was a bot running multiple accounts. To test that theory, I called out On Press on the false claims directed my way, specifically the assertion that Twitter would delete my account for a single violation. To my surprise, it provoked a very human reaction.
So, there was a human behind the account, one who handily provided a link to the terms of service that directly contradicted what he had just said. (I”ve shifted pronouns, but an explanation is on the way.)Once I had his/its attention, I pointed out On Press” suspicious behavior — namely, the multiple suspended accounts linked to its name.
On Press responded with this blast of angry tweets, stating that Twitter itself generated these accounts for it.
It shouldn”t need to be said, but this claim is completely false. Mike contacted Twitter to ask about whether or not, as On Press claims, it creates thousands of automatically generated accounts for companies with which to harass infringers, and (no surprise) Twitter said there is no truth to this claim.I attempted to gather more information, but my overtures were rejected. At one point, an On Press account mentioned it performed this “service” for “other authors” but refused to name any. It also failed to cough up a usable URL that might indicate On Press Inc exists outside of multiple Twitter accounts.Shortly thereafter, the accounts went ballistic, showering me with a long list of legal threats.
Here Miche chases down a user (who deleted her tweet) and continues harassing her at her Pinterest account, claiming that people like her using an unattributed quote can “cause untold billions of dollars of lost
A user named “Sean Seans” refers to himself as “Shaun” and tells her he loves and misses her. And that Sean Seans/Shaun is also busy chasing down wrongdoers posting unattributed poems.