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If you’re running a transphobic organization, it wouldn’t be a total surprise if you accidentally tweeted your ineptitude about trans issues to the masses. It also wouldn’t be surprising if someone parioded your bigtory.
Binary Australia is the rebranded name of “Marriage Alliance,” an Australian lobbying organization that previously fought against legalizing gay marriage in the nation. The group has since switched focus to “traditional values” among “the inherent differences between boys and girls, men and women.” In short, Binary Australia is trying its hand at transphobia instead.
But Binary Australia may be off to a troubled start online. A Twitter account named @BinaryAustraya emerged on Tuesday, supposedly tweeting internal text messages from one employee working with the group. This apparently came as a surprise to the “employee,” who tweeted “What? My SMS is showing on the Twitter feed? I don’t know how to turn it off.”
This didn’t seem to stop him, and he published over five dozen tweets across three days.
“Look don’t worry. I’ll delete the tweets in the morning,” the employee tweeted. “We’re not going to be a laughingstock because of our Twitter account.”
Among other things, the Binary Australia account tweeted about “giving up on marriage,” all of its budget being spent on a website, storming up a counter statement to the trans-inclusive Australian Psychological Society, and to “keep making [its campaign] about the parents and their concerns over losing control” of their children.
So we're giving up on marriage now? Sally from accounts wanted to know.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
You mean they spent all the budget on the website? I'll deal with it later. It's not the worst outcome to come out of this organisation. Just get me access to the account so I can start deleting the existing Tweets. This is ridiculous.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
We also need to counter the recent Australian Psychological Society society statement. Bunch of quacks. Talk about the difficulties parents can face if their kids said they weren't binary. Get our name in. Use that confusion.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
That's not the point. Kids don't vote. Keep making it about the parents and their concerns over losing control. Put in a throw away line associating fluidity and an uncertain footing. Everyone gets that analogy.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
The so-called employee even wrote about a first date that’s “going ok,” except for the fact that “she’s Catholic.”
I don't know why. Probably because I had to spell check Lyle's speech and it's stuck. Already late for a date. Can we pick this up tomorrow?— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
Yeah, the cute one from the cafe. Wish me luck. Nite.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
Lol. Yeah. Date's going ok. She's Catholic though.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
Thanks. The date went well I think. Got a new one already set up. At least getting a coffee in the morning won't be awkward. Is anyone doing anything about the banner tonight?— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 28, 2018
The @BinaryAustraya account quickly went viral after musician Alyssa Kai captured the entire saga in a Twitter thread. However, it seems unlikely that @BinaryAustraya is the real Twitter account for Binary Australia. For one, the tweets are just a tad too comedic and outlandish. They don’t accurately reflect how people talk over text message and how Twitter tracks text messaging.
There’s also the ongoing hilarious messages like “UNSUBSCRIBE” and “What twitter account?”
UNSUBSCRIBE— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
Stop tracking twitter— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
What twitter account?— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
Nor are its tweets actually being posted from a smartphone. As Twitter user Cuniiform revealed, the Binary Australia Twitter account’s tweets are sent in from the Twitter Web Client, not an SMS-based posting system.
Tweets tell you where they come from pic.twitter.com/paD1pbwNek— Cunïïform (@cuniiform) November 29, 2018
And the tweets from @binaryaustraya (who’s message I don’t support at all, fuck them lol) are from Twitter Web Client. Meaning someone or something typed something in to the website aiche tee tee pee ess colon slash slash twitter dot com, which is unlikely if its automated pic.twitter.com/JG43KLYGr4— Cunïïform (@cuniiform) November 29, 2018
Just in case Twitter Web Client also means sms for some reason I set up my twitter to tweet from sms pic.twitter.com/b3yrz9W1lh— Cunïïform (@cuniiform) November 29, 2018
But no, it shows up as Cloudhopper pic.twitter.com/zSOa0gTMcN— Cunïïform (@cuniiform) November 29, 2018
Then on Thursday morning, Kai said she was “taken in by a good ribbin’,” deleted the thread, and called the Twitter feed a “parody account,” essentially putting the entire story to rest. The Daily Dot reached out to the Twitter account to confirm, but hasn’t heard back as of this posting.
your humble narrator has been taken in by a good ribbin', so the thread goes away, but please enjoy the parody account itself. thanks for the fun, @binaryaustraya— alyssa kai (@lyskoi) November 29, 2018
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Which is a shame, because the entire kerfuffle was hilarious in its own right. Case in point, the “employee” running the Twitter account tweeted that work “has been a bit of a viper’s nest” because “they’ve been constantly calling me for the last hour or two. :(.”
“Session is for 8:30 so we can get drinks and snakes [sic] beforehand. I can use some after today,” the employee said.
Haha SNACKS. Although work has been a bit of a viper's nest. I've had to put my phone on divert because they've been constantly calling me for the last hour or two. 🙁— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
Excellent. Pick you up at 7:30. Session is for 8:30 so we can get drinks and snakes beforehand. I can use some after today.— Binary Australia (@binaryaustraya) November 29, 2018
Hopefully, at any rate, Binary Australia’s fake Twitter saga is putting the real organization on watch.
Update 2:30 CT, Nov. 29: Binary Australia denies any connection with @BinaryAustraya. When reached for comment, Binary Australia head Kirralie Smith told the Daily Dot that the account “is not associated with Binary Australia.”
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.