The cliche goes that it isn’t paranoia if people are really out to get you. It’s one thing to dismiss cries of Big Tech censorship when it comes from people who have those silly red x’s in their profile. It’s another when it’s the F***ING SENATE MAJORITY LEADER. And when it’s the McConnell Campaign getting blocked from reporting on the protests and violent rhetoric happening outside of the Senator’s own home.
A Twitter spokesperson said the @Team_Mitch account was “temporarily locked out of their account for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety.”
McConnell’s campaign manager, Kevin Golden, confirmed the account was locked this morning “for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell.” The video featured a clip from a recent protest outside McConnell’s home in Louisville, where participants reportedly donned clothing and held signs that read “Massacre Mitch.”
“This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” Golden said. “Twitter will allow the words ‘Massacre Mitch’ to trend nationally on their platform. But locks our account for posting actual threats against us.”
“Massacre Mitch” trending? Speaking truth to power. Exposing the people who are yelling it outside his home? That goes against Twitter’s terms of service.
I don’t think Twitter knows what they’ve done. Because now they’re messing with Cocaine Mitch (see Mitch McConnell Responds to Ancestors’ Slave-Owning Past with Clever Remark and Mitch McConnell Dismisses Democrat Eric Swalwell’s Threatening Tweet). Prepare for him to deplatform a chalk outline around Jack Dorsey’s body. 2020 will be nothing but hearings on regulating Big Tech as a public utility. Does McConnell want to regulate Big Tech as a public utility? It doesn’t matter. He’ll keep the hearings going just because F*** You.
You called down the thunder this time, Twitter.
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