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Finbar Prendergast

In March 2019, a malicious Twitter user called "Finbar Prendergast" (user prenners, less than 50 followers) abused the Twitter complaints process in order to get Twitter to ban popular right-of-centre Irish commentator Paddy Manning (user paddyjmanning, 12,000 followers).

Twitter's complaints process is incredibly broken and wide open to this kind of abuse.

This page explains what happened.




The troll in question.
It seems unlikely this is a real name or real photo.


  

The malicious complaint

  

Paddy Manning tweeted this harmlessly amusing tweet after an egg was thrown at the extremist British politician Jeremy Corbyn on 3 March 2019.
He is slagging off the anti-semitic conspiracy theorists that flock to Corbyn's Labour.



This guy Finbar Prendergast, who disagrees with Paddy's politics, decided to try to get Paddy banned for the above tweet. So he made a malicious complaint. Maybe the AI bot or outsourced worker dealing with the complaint could be fooled into thinking Paddy's tweet was anti-semitic, rather than slagging off anti-semites.



It worked! Paddy was banned from Twitter.
See full size. From Paddy's Facebook.



Finbar Prendergast boasts that it was him who made the malicious complaint. He is delighted that it worked.


  


The troll is having a great time

  

From here.
I don't think Finbar Prendergast is an anti-semite.
I think he just enjoys making malicious complaints and getting people banned.
Twitter needs to fix this.
And remove Finbar Prendergast's account.



It's all a game to the troll. He is having a great time.


  

The troll goes completely mad

In response to this page, this guy has gone completely mad.
  

The troll targets me.



He sends a shooting threat to someone.



He libels me.



He harasses my employer.



"Fuck your mother".
Twitter listens to the pious, pleading (and entirely fake) complaints of trolls like this.
From here and here.



In April 2019, after many complaints about his behaviour, from many people, the troll prenners was suspended.
But Paddy Manning is still gone. Twitter is still obeying the troll that they themselves suspended.


  

The troll returns




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Blocked on Twitter: I am blocked on Twitter by Sarah Abdallah and Ali Abunimah and Nadeem Ahmed and Lexi Alexander and Umar Al-Qadri and Mo Ansar and Frankie Boyle and Brendan Ciaran Browne and broadsheet.ie and CAGE and Allan Cavanagh and Tom Clonan and the Clonskeagh mosque and Stanley Cohen and Juan Cole and Ruth Coppinger TD and John Cusack and Cllr. Paul Donnelly and Alaa Abd El-Fattah and Joyce Fegan and Mary Fitzgerald and Tara Flynn and Clementine Ford and George Galloway MP and Roxane Gay and Harry's Last Stand and the IPSC and Charles Johnson and Owen Jones and Joanna Kiernan and Andy Kindler and Carlos Latuff and Frank McDonald and Rob McDowall and Ruairķ McKiernan and Philip Nolan and Colm O'Gorman and Donal O'Keeffe and Aziz Poonawalla and Angela Rayner MP and Mubin Shaikh and David Sheen and Richard Silverstein and Mark Sleboda and Jonathan Sugarman and Vian Tahir and Ronan Tynan and Cllr. Matt Waine and Mick Wallace TD and Ben White and Sarah Wilkinson and Asa Winstanley. What a shower. The reactionary part of the Islamic world, and their western allies, the regressive left.

Who I block on Twitter: I will debate almost anyone. I love ideas. I will not debate (and will block) people who: (a) target my job, (b) target my appearance, or: (c) libel me. Also, since 2016, abusive reporting has become a thing. I was targeted with abusive reporting by an Israel-hater pretending to be "Jewish". So I now also block: (d) any account that even hints that it reports its enemies, and: (e) any Israel-hater that claims to be Jewish. It is just self-defence.