The conflict between the moderators of Anticapitalist.party and Kitty.town

The conflict between the moderators of Anticapitalist.party and Kitty.town

ACP Moderation Team

Ginny McQueen posted a screenshot of a post from Twitter by a moderator of Anticapitalist.party, in which the moderator said something very consistent with anti-capitalism. The moderator named Ginny by name, but she is not on Twitter. The moderator did not contact her, link any of her websites, or wish harm upon her, nor was anyone encouraged to engage with Ginny in any way, yet Ginny claimed this tweet constituted abuse and harassment. The moderators of ACP recognize that Ginny is a multiply marginalized person. However, the moderators respectfully do not believe this tweet or this situation was abuse or harassment. While anticapitalists come from multiple political backgrounds and not all anticapitalists identify as antifacsists, we absolutely do not condone abuse, harassment, or Nazism, and we certainly take allegations of abuse, harassment, or Nazism very seriously.


The accused moderator, @Renzosblade, chose not to respond or engage with Ginny, believing it would only increase the conflict. He stepped down as moderator, despite objections from the other moderators. During this time, Ginny's public toots escalated before we could update her on the situation. Renzo choses to delete his account entirely in an attempt to minimize the impact on ACP's members. 


During this time, Ginny found Ghost on Twitter and alleged, through subtoots, that Ghost was a Nazi collaborator and supporter of abusers due to favoriting (different) tweets posted by Renzo. Ginny sent several DMs to Ghost asking for a response, and was blocked before Ghost could have a conversation with Ginny. At this point, Ginny has clearly sent the message that she did not want to speak with Ghost. Circumventing a block would be actual harassment, so our best plan of action was to wait for contact. Ginny said she would email Corentin, but it would be a week after the conflict started before she would send it, and only after another ACP member (not a moderator) had seen the conflict unfold and was offended by the allegations and escalation. Again, allegations of abuse, harassment, and Nazism are very serious, but the consensus is that these specific allegations are without merit. We do not doubt Ginny's experiences as a marginalized person or a victim of abuse and harassment. The only situation we are qualified to comment on is this specific situation, in which our moderators have been accused of abuse, harassment, and Nazism. We saw no evidence of any of this violence taking place. If we had, we would have responded swiftly and aggressively.


Regarding the initial tweet in question, we saw an anticapitalist criticizing the monetization of the commons (the internet). This was not done in the most sensitive way possible, but respectability politics is not what's up for discussion here. We are talking about allegations of abuse, harassment, and Nazism. From the first moment this was brought to our attention, trying to work with Kitty.town has been like trying to hit a moving target. While dealing with unrelated private and public crises and living on different continents, the stories change again. By the time the moderators made a plan of action in order to respond and mitigate the situation, a new flurry of screenshots, subtoots, and private messages would make our response moot or inappropriate, so we would have to start again. Several more times. 


ACP lost a valued member and good moderator as a result of this conflict. The moderator's departure did not placate Ginny, and the situation escalated faster than ACP moderators could respond. We are grateful for the ACP members who provided feedback, support, and patience. ACP's moderation team is composed of people who are marginalized themselves: collectively, we have physical and psychiatric disabilities, we are trans, nonbinary, queer, fat, poor, non-white, Jewish, abuse survivors. We do not wish to further marginalize anyone, or add to their burden. 


In carefully considering the facts at hand, the situation's rapid escalation, and inability to communicate directly with Ginny during the last week, we believe ACP and Kitty.town are at an impasse. We support and respect that Ginny must do what's best for herself, and understand this may mean she must silence or suspend our instance. We have worked well together in the past, but understand that working relationships can change, evolve, or end over time, depending on the needs of the individuals. We hope that for the sake of the members of ACP and Kitty.town, Ginny will continue federating with us, but we understand if Ginny disagrees. 


We apologize to the members of ACP and to our Kitty.town friends for the negative impact and disruptions this has caused.



Respectfully,

ACP Moderation Team