Thursday, August 20, 2015

Analysis of San Francisco DA George Gascon's Twitter Block List

In an earlier blog I shared the the San Francisco City Attorney's Twitter block list and now I have the block list of the San Francisco District Attorney's Twitter account, found here @GeorgeGascon.

However, this time I present a review in regards to who does and does not get blocked and, of course, there are some surprising results.






I've provided links to all the tweets that "may" have been responsible for getting the users blocked.  The majority of people blocked made one single comment (that I could find) to Gascon's Twitter account that resulted in their getting blocked.  Their comments fell mainly in the category of a generalized criticism of either Gascon or his department's performance.  Compare for yourself the comments of those blocked versus the non-blocked below:

The blocked:
@kittywhisperer7 (one tweet found)
@debrajsaunders (5 tweets found, this is the first one that most likely resulted in user getting blocked)
@BKactual (one tweet found)
@ralphhhenson (one tweet found)
@Kjhobbs1985 (one tweet found)
@richalgeni (one tweet found)
@SFsomaGirl (no tweets to Gascon found)
@chadphx (one tweet found)
@jbravo26 (one tweet found)
@InTwittVeritas (one tweet found)
@WayneDouganUK (one tweet found)
@playnicepeeps (one tweet found)
@honoroldglory (no tweets to Gascon found)
@JonFeere (5 tweets found, Jon indicates that this tweet got him blocked by Gascon)
@sfgirlresident (3 tweets found, this is the first one that most likely resulted in user getting blocked)
@ObamaBash (one tweet found)
@marymcnamara (2 tweets found, this is the first one that most likely resulted in user getting blocked)
@calfootballs (one tweet found)


The non-blocked:
@idesignwis (one tweet found)
@stout05 (one tweet found)
@Hifistud (one tweet found)
@Gretchen_sf (one tweet found)
@TheBeez70 (3 tweets found)
@filmfinder (5 tweets found, also responsible for posting tweet that got @calfootballs blocked for quoting)
@LNSmithee (5 tweets found)
@rusty_staples (one tweet found)
@AztlanConnect (2 tweets found, the first one undoubtedly would have resulted in user getting blocked, but did not)
@v1talyg (one tweet found)
@reynoldscameron (numerous tweets found, a few of them are critical of Gascon)

@MichaelPetrelis (numerous tweets found that would otherwise result in him getting blocked, but somehow never once did)

I present all this to you so that maybe you might notice the arbitrary decision making that goes on in the mind of a public official who feels compelled to block users from accessing their Twitter account.  I consider it shocking that Mr. Garcon, a practicing attorney serving in elected office, would somehow not realize the impact of his own behavior when it comes to his use of social media (I'd like to point out that hundreds of public officials are guilty of the same thing).

In using his account as means of public outreach, how can Mr. Gascon justify the fact that he blocks some people for simple comments of scrutiny and criticism, while others do not face the same or similar result?  For example, @Hifistud can drop the F-bomb, while @WayneDouganUK got blocked for his "apologize immediately" post.

However, here is the REAL surprise in all of this and it didn't occur to me until I was halfway through writing this blog.  George Gascon could have argued that the @GeorgeGascon account was private and that the @SFDAOffice was his public account.  However, my request was only for the list of blocked/muted users on the @GeorgeGascon account.  Maybe Gascon, being the smart attorney he is, new better than to try or even bother to argue that point because currently the two accounts are linked.