Board Game Designer Eric Lang Suspended From Twitter

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Eric Lang, one of the most famous board game designers on the planet, has been suspended from Twitter after what he says was a targeted campaign by a “scumbag serial harasser”.

Lang, designer of stuff like Blood Rage and the Star Wars and Game of Thrones card games, has worked with everyone from Fantasy Flight to CMON. If you ask most board game fans to name the most popular and prominent designers in the business, Lang’s name will usually be pretty near the top of the list.

Like many of us in these trying, shitty times, Lang has been using his Facebook and Twitter presence to speak up about social issues, including his own experiences as a black man facing police harassment. He was also one of the most prominent names distancing themselves early from the board gaming industry group’s refusal to support Black Lives Matter.

Recently, Lang says he has become the target of “thousands” of basement-dwelling reactionary shitheads, which he believes are fans of “a scumbag serial harasser (to whom I refuse to give free publicity).”

Here’s Lang’s full account of what’s happened, from a statement released on his Facebook page earlier today:

A couple of weeks ago, my Twitter account was locked (“restricted” is the term) shortly after I blocked thousands of followers of a scumbag serial harasser (to whom I refuse to give free publicity).

I used a chain blocker app (the same one that several people I know have used without issue), because there were a lot of followers to block, and I made a tactical error: I tweeted about the blocking action in advance to give my followers time to unfollow if they didn’t want to be blocked.

I appealed the restriction several times over the course of the last two weeks, getting zero response from Twitter. And two days ago was suddenly suspended without notice.

Question One: Why did I chain block the harasser’s followers?

The account in question is notorious for harassing and dogpiling left-leaning public figures on Twitter – particularly women and POC (people of colour). They know how to exploit weaknesses in social media, and can claim plausible deniability if confronted – but in several well documented cases, when that account targets a personality, that personality is dogpiled by endless trolls quoting south park and other edgelord trash.

Recently, the scumbag targeted John Boyega (the black stormtrooper from Star Wars and loud activist), and the dogpiling was a tragic sight to behold. I noticed then that I had started collecting some of scumbag’s followers, and immediately recognised the pattern. I decided quickly, mostly for the sake of denying these arseholes access to my friends and followers, that I would simply chain block the entire account.

Question Two: Why was my account locked?

Your guess is as good as mine. Twitter has given me zero communication about the reasons for blocking. I know exactly what the public does, no more. Furthermore, I found out about my subsequent suspension from a friend who tried to view my account.

Of course I have opinions about why, and I’ve seen enough abusive reporting in the past to recognise the pattern. Can it be proven? Nope. Does it matter? I don’t think so. This is not about trolls, really. It’s not about scumbag serial harassers, it’s about an easily exploitable system that encourages abusive behaviour by omission of vigilant oversight.

Twitter, as is common in these situations, has said nothing about the suspension.

Hey Twitter: give Eric back his Twitter account.

Comments

    • There’s literally no replacement for Twitter that isn’t also a steaming shitpile, unfortunately.

      Twitter is terrible, but it’s the best of a bad bunch.

        • I just heard about one called Parlour? Seems a lot of people are using that and it doesn’t curtail speech or limit reach like twitter does?

          • No it curtails speech worse that Twitter.

            It’s pretty much the same as gab minus the moronic ceo who spends his time on Twitter ranting about how porn ruins everything

    • Eh.. i use twitter for one thing and one thing only… check the schedule of a certain virtual person who does ermmm “adult” chats =P

    • now? twitter has always been a shitpile of sexism and racism. but in its favour, at least it is useful because we only need look and see if someone has a blue tick next to their name to know that they are not worth listening to.

  • I feel his pain, but seriously, with the amount of botting and automated activity going on it’s really no surprise that running any mass algorithmic process is going to run the risk of having your account flagged.

  • It might have something to do with the Block Chain App he was using or how he blocked people that pinged activity on his account as suspicious. Either way it must be very frustrating not

    Jeremy, from the TheQuartering, has released a video reply to this very article. Jeremy also makes it very clear in his videos to NOT contact the people he takes about and even renounces it when people have.

    I’m not sure why Eric thinks it was Jeremy, or his subscribers, that caused or instigated this ban, but I do agree with the premise of the article, that Eric’s account should NOT have been, and should be un-banned.

    • Mate you are on a site that doesn’t bother to actually research youtuber news or opinion channels. literally as Kotakus direct competition it is in their interests to disparage them.

      Jeremy is himself an oddity of youtube. he admits his past mistakes. he also does have a history of retraction of things when new info comes to light. in fact out of most youtubers he’s actually far more fair about things. now being human and with a bias he’s not perfect but, yeah definitely tells his viewers not to go off and do things.

      unfortunately tell people to do brigade and they will. tell them not to and they do it anyway. it’s a lose, lose to cover any of these issues because regardless of the content creators wishes fans will jump to defend their honour in rather poor ways.

  • THIS IS SLANDER MY LAWYERS ARE ON THE CASE

    and other things that did not happen but get the incel clicks.

    I mean seriously, that channel is nothing but shitty little dudes screeching about the womens stealing their entertainments.

    You can literally smell the mountain dew and BO from every comment.

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