Friday News: Twitter enforces TOS (finally), book collecting & selling, eco-friendly “fairytale” castle
Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones’s Reports of Abuse – If you thought we were past the extreme racism, homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny of Gamergate, the disgusting rhetoric aimed at Ghostbusters, and the fabulous Leslie Jones, in particular, proves otherwise. Egged on by Milo Yiannopoulos, the vileness continued pretty much unabated until Twitter finally stepped in and banned Yiannopoulos permanently. This isn’t the first time he’s been suspended, and as an article on Refinery 29 pointed out, Jones endured days of awfulness, while Taylor Swift had the apparently active protection of Instagram against trolling during her online battle with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Yiannopoulos has tried to make this a free speech issue, but Twitter has a pretty broad definition of abusive conduct and expansive rights to evaluate and police user content under its Terms of Service. Now if only they would consistently and reasonably enforce their TOS.
Twitter did not comment directly on Mr. Yiannopoulos’s account or actions of the past 48 hours, but the spokesman said over that period, “We’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension.” – Los Angeles Times and Refinery 29
Spencer: Is there a self-help book for getting rid of books? – What reader cannot sympathize with the dilemmas associated with culling books to “get rid of.” Can you even stomach the idea of throwing away a book? And has anyone written a book on how to thin the book herd? Or is that just too ironic.
How, after all, does one decide which books to discard or donate? Which criteria apply to such a literary cull? Surely this should be easy, a First World problem if ever there was one? . . .
A much worse conundrum is books we have read. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Portrait of a Lady, Life and Fate, Cyrano de Bergerac – How could one possibly part with these jewels? I discover both a paperback and a hard copy of The Fountainhead; is this duplication necessary? Apparently.
And why are there so many Bibles lying about? We’re not religious, but no one throws out a Bible. Same for copies of The Qur’an, The Book of Mormon, The Bhagavad Gita. – Ottawa Citizen
CRACKDOWN ON SIDEWALK BOOK STANDS ON UPPER WEST SIDE – I’m so glad that crime is at such a low in New York City that the police now have an abundance of time to focus on sidewalk booksellers!!
Sidewalk book stands have been a staple on the Upper West Side for decades, but now police are cracking down on the vendors and clearing out their stocks. . . .
[City Councilwoman Helen] Rosenthal released a statement Wednesday evening saying, “I welcome book vendors and the sale of books. Vendors must simply follow the rules so that we can all share our now very crowded streets in a respectful and neighborly manner. After many years of attempts to have the vendors follow the rules, without success, action was taken by our police precinct. The books are available to be claimed by the vendor, and he is more than welcome to sell them following the rules all other vendors abide by.” – ABC News
Couple build ‘fairytale’ castle in Transylvania – You have to think more Grimm than Disney here, but it’s still pretty cool. The owners want to turn the ten-room, two-story “castle” into a hotel and open an organic-food restaurant, as well.
Razvan and Gabriela Vasile sold their home near the capital Bucharest to build the “castle” in a village 24 miles (40 km) from the city of Sibiu, Casa Mea website reports. Called the “Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies”, it is made of “100% organic” clay, straw and sand, with all wooden pillars and not a lick of modern paint or varnish. As the couple are singers rather than master builders, they enlisted the help of a professional architect to make their dream come true. – BBC News