Did anyone else get their accounts suspended by Twitter in the middle of the #GOPDebate in New Hampshire? You're not alone. Twitter touts itself to famous people and big politicians as being the go-to site for public discussion of politics, but on the audience end, culls the audience as Achtung Gatekeeper.
It's entirely possible that recent developments with methods of communication that Daesh goes to being identical to that of the rank and file voter has generated this jackboot treatment of the voting public, but that's not all. In days of yore, Twitter used to encourage Tweetbots, and now has killed (but not deleted) the account of Robot J. McCarthy, my favorite @RedScareBot with an apparent copyright grab in the process.
That is to say, Twitter blocks an account by claiming it suddenly violates these new Terms of Service but it will not delete the account's content or the account itself. Facebook has been guilty of doing the same with it's johnny-come-lately personhood rules and in both cases of Twitter and Facebook, when somebody complains, you're guilty until proven innocent with your access to your account denied but they still retain your content pending appeal, and during that appeal they demand official ID papers and phone numbers to verify that you're an actual person--but that's exactly where they step over their line of authority.
Neither Facebook nor Twitter are government agencies; they're not law enforcement entities, and if any law enforcement relations with social media makes demands of any social media entity to demand identity documents on their behalf, then law enforcement has no authority to deputize any social media provider to act with law enforcement authority. NONE.
For the record, my name, Clara Listensprechen, is a pen name by which I'm more well known than my given name, but it's just as legitimate as Mark Twain and Facebook has a Mark Twain account that hasn't been banned. Twitter has an Abraham Lincoln account that it hasn't banned either. I can and will reclaim my copyright rights over my content posted on social media because all Terms of Service that I have agreed to have been on the condition that I am provided access to that media.
Those entities that have yanked my access to my accounts while retaining the content I provided to them renders all agreements null and void, in my view, and if any entity doubts my reality, just watch me assert my copyright rights when they revoke their end of their agreements and yet keep my content. If my account is found to be in violation of Terms, then their ONLY course of action is to delete the account and all its content. Whereas they have revoked my access, I, in turn, revoke any/all permissions I agreed to PROVIDED I get the access. Whereas access gets denied, NO agreement exists between myself and the online entity. No exceptions.