William Shatner is angry at Twitter for something they’ve done and he is not shy about calling them out over the behavior.
The actor spoke at length about the matter on his Shatner Speaks Tumblr page.
“Each year for the past couple years on December 31st I post a tongue-in-cheek ode to those that I follow on Twitter,” said Shatner. “I try to reflect on my interactions with each of my followers and keep it fun all while keeping it in iambic pentameter.
“So imagine my surprise last night as I go into Twitter to get a list of those that I follow to start my yearly project only to discover that an account I didn’t follow, MasterCard was prominently displayed as one of my followers! Twitter‘s latest marketing scheme is to add followers to the list of those trusted friends and acquaintances that you have so carefully put together.”
In addition to corporations, there are individuals on his list to whom Shatner objects, including one that has the name “ganja” as part of his Twitter handle. “That’s not acceptable to me to have this occur on my followers list as it could hurt my income and my reputation,” said Shatner. “I don’t mind seeing a suggestion on who to follow as a promoted account or even a promoted tweet in my timeline but to add someone or some company to my list of followers implies endorsement.”
“I, like a host of other well knowns and peers, am very careful about endorsements and the abuse by Twitter of this does not sit well with me.
“To that end I will not be doing my year end homage to those I follower since I’m not about to praise MasterCard or Ganja guy.”
On his Twitter feed, Shatner posted a tweet to Twitter head co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as to the Twitter safety team. “Do you understand that by implying that I follow these companies that it appears to be an endorsement?”
“I’m out but am going to reevaluate the time I spend on Twitter going forward,” said Shatner.