Does someone have a divine right to follow me?
Do I have enemies?
If I do have enemies, what is more important? My safety, or my (perfectly honorable and reasonable) desire not to mistakenly exclude a legitimate follower from my Twitter feed?
Does something look suspicious about this account?
If it does look suspicious, and I block it in error, then am I to blame for that? Or is this just an unfortunate and purely human error, rather than an act of deliberate malice?
Even if this ‘epic burger deals’ or ‘taxis in X city I’ve never been to in my life’ account were real, do they really care one way or another if I block them? I mean, don’t they have other options? Why should they care?
Even if you don’t think these people are dangerous, don’t you think assholey comments about ‘sodomites,’ ‘white genocide’ or whatever, are enough justification for blocking them, even if you’re only partly certain they are fake?
How do you think it looks to your serious followers (and worse still, potential followers!) to have porn stars, ‘before and after’ selfie merchants and hatemongers following your account?
Even if you can put up with a few fakes, do you want to legitimize a culture of tolerance, and thus risk attracting even more of these fake/bot/spam accounts?
Ultimately: if your account is full of potential fake followers, and you inadvertently exclude a legitimate account, is that your fault? Or the fault of the legitimate follower? Or the fault of the utter bellends who have been spamming and compromising your follower list?
Arguably, the latter one is the key one.
I often think 99% of human beings are more or less OK; at least by the radically imperfect standards of their own culture and time (some more so than others!) So it’s normal to ‘feel bad.’
But whose fault is that though, really?
This was originally published on IT Emperor, on Medium; but this is being phased out! The IT Emperor articles are being ported to Glossy News.
The original uploader was GageSkidmore at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons