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September 18, 2014

Occupy Twitter!!!

Apparently, it really bites to be on the receiving end of Occupy tactics. And really, who could have foreseen such a shocking development?

Three years after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, an unlikely conflict has emerged over one of the cause’s most precious tools: a Twitter account.

During the primacy of the Occupy movement in New York, people across the country followed @OccupyWallStNYC and other social media accounts to track the latest developments, from encampments to conflicts. Now one group of activists is accusing a former comrade of taking unilateral control of the shared account and locking out the organizers he had once collaborated with.

According to a lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the Twitter account was created in summer 2011 by Adbusters, the Canadian magazine that first called for an occupation of Wall Street. The resulting protests began on Sept. 17, 2011.

Adbusters turned the account over to Marisa Holmes, the lawsuit said, a filmmaker and activist who had helped to moderate Occupy meetings in August 2011 in Tompkins Square Park. Ms. Holmes, in turn, gave others access to the account, which now has 177,000 followers.

But in August, Justin Wedes, one of those with access, changed the passwords and locked out his fellow administrators, according to the lawsuit.

“Each and every day that goes by while Wedes remains in control of the Twitter account is another day of plaintiff’s lost opportunity to speak to the Twitter audience that they worked to cultivate and rightly should control,” the suit states.

Mr. Wedes did not respond to requests for comment via phone or email. But in a blog post dated four days after the lockout, he wrote that he disbanded the collective of administrators because relationships among the group had become fractious.

“Clearly the question of ownership of the account is a contentious one, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers,” he wrote, adding that he planned to put the account “in the hands of responsible stewards.”

Let's see if we've got this straight: the folks who wanted everything to be shared equally are now fighting over "ownership" and "control" of resources???? As in, "This is mine and I claim the exclusive right to use it (including the right to prevent YOU from using it)"?

This is priceless:

Not long after the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, the account offered a new post: “Lawyers are the tools of the 1% and their children. We believe in class war.”

Posted by Cassandra at September 18, 2014 08:32 AM

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Few things are as funny as listening to a college age "communist" argue why he shouldn't have to share HIS computer.

Posted by: MikeD at September 18, 2014 12:37 PM

I haven't laughed this hard at the news for quite some time :)

Posted by: Cassandra at September 18, 2014 01:07 PM

Oh, it's still "owned" by everybody and it's use is for "everybody's good".

It's just that none of you morons know what that is, but *I* do.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 18, 2014 01:47 PM

You see. None of those other people are as "democratic" as Mr. Wedes.

One man, one vote.

Mr. Wedes is the one man and he gets the one vote.

Posted by: Yu-Ain Gonnano at September 18, 2014 01:48 PM

Not long after the lawsuit was filed on Wednesday, the account offered a new post: “Lawyers are the tools of the 1% and their children. We believe in class war.”

It's truly a shame for Mr. Wedes that Twitter believes in the "tools of the 1%", and will award ownership to those in whose favor the Court decides. But let me know how AWESOME class war is when it's your side that believes guns shouldn't be in the hands of citizens.

Posted by: MikeD at September 18, 2014 04:09 PM

This whole class warfare thing gets complicated when you have to rely on the people you're vilifying and the concepts you say you reject in order to prevail.

*sitting back, popping corn*

Posted by: Cassandra at September 18, 2014 04:19 PM

Mr. Wedes is the one man and he gets the one vote.

Exactly. Funny how often, when The People rise up in righteous indignation against their perceived oppressors, power becomes concentrated in the hands of even *fewer* people.

Posted by: Josef Stalin at September 18, 2014 04:21 PM

You say that like it's a bug and not a feature.

Posted by: Lenin at September 18, 2014 04:25 PM

A single strong hand is required to bring forth equality.

Posted by: Fidel at September 18, 2014 04:33 PM

All is proceeding as I have foreseen....

Posted by: Darth Vader at September 18, 2014 04:54 PM

Find another Dark Side, Darth, these are my cookies.

Posted by: DL Sly at September 19, 2014 12:09 PM

Down twinkles.

Posted by: Texan99 at September 20, 2014 12:41 PM