The Wire creator David Simon is banned from Twitter for telling the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey to 'die of boils' as feud intensified
- Simon's wife, Laura Lippman, tweeted news of his banishment from Twitter
- Simon was suspended weeks ago for wishing a user would 'die of boils'
- Twitter reinstated Simon after he deleted the original tweet
- Simon was angry over Twitter's enforcement of its anti-hate speech policy
David Simon has once again been banned from Twitter.
The creator of the hit show The Wire has been suspended from the social media service for the second time in recent weeks after he wished that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey would ‘die of boils.’
Simon was first suspended from the site for wishing another user the same thing.
He was only allowed back on Twitter after deleting the original post, which violated the company’s rules prohibiting speech that could be construed as wishing harm to others.
Simon’s latest tweet appeared to be an attempt to goad the company into suspending him once again.
David Simon (left) has once again been banned from Twitter. The creator of the hit show The Wire has been suspended from the social media service for the second time in recent weeks after he wished that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (right) would ‘die of boils’
‘Die of boils, @jack,’ Simon tweeted last week. ‘Yup. There it is. The sum total of my crime against Twitter.
‘I’ve told you to drop dead, as I told libelers and liars to drop dead.
‘You can say that constitutes a threat, but that would be empty and embarrassing.
‘I hold no dominion over life and death.’
Simon’s wife, Laura Lippman, announced on her own Twitter feed on Tuesday that her husband was ‘back in Twitter jail.’
‘He’s not taking [the tweet] down because he feels it isn’t harassing or threatening to Twitter’s CEO.’
As a final insult, Lippman added a quote from her husband. ‘Oh and “Twitter can bite me”.’
Simon told The Baltimore Sun last week that he wanted to get banned by the site.
'I have no hope for any other outcome than that eventually I will be booted from their platform for rhetorical replies to the worst kinds of bots and trolls that are neither threats nor harassment and are, on the merits, entirely justifiable,' he told The Sun.
'If not today, then in a week or whenever the stupidity of the Twitter algorithm finds me.'
Simon’s wife, Laura Lippman, announced on her own Twitter feed on Tuesday that her husband was ‘back in Twitter jail’
Simon, a liberal and vocal critic of President Donald Trump, has been angry over what he sees as Twitter’s double standard in enforcing its speech policies.
On his personal website, Simon accused Twitter of failing to apply its own rules against conservative and pro-Trump users who post negative comments about migrants.
‘Suffice to say that while you can arrive on Twitter and disseminate the untethered and anti-human opinion that mothers who have their children kidnapped and held incommunicado from them at the American border are criminals - and both mother and child deserve that fate - or that 14-year-old boys who survive the Holocaust are guilty of betraying fellow Jews when there is no evidence of such, you CANNOT wish that the people who traffic in such vile shit should crawl off and die of a fulminant venereal rash,’ Simon wrote.
‘Slander is cool, brutality is acceptable.
‘But the hyperbolic and comic hope that a just god might smite the slanderer or brutalizer with a deadly skin disorder is somehow beyond the pale.’
Simon continues: ‘Die of boils, @jack.’
‘Seriously,’ he writes.
‘As far as I’m concerned, your standards in this instance are exactly indicative of why social media - and Twitter specifically - is complicit in transforming our national agora into a haven for lies, disinformation and the politics of totalitarian extremity.
‘The real profanity and disease on the internet is untouched, while you police decorum.’
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