Twitter Goes Full Tilt, Suspends James O’Keefe

by | Feb 6, 2020 | Headline News | 6 comments

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Twitter has once again proven that both the media and social media will resort to censorship in order to control the narrative.

Twitter has locked the account of conservative journalist James O’Keefe for publishing publicly available evidence that a pair of radical leftists with violent fantasies work for the Bernie Sanders campaign. While O’Keefe’s tweets are still visible, he can’t publish anything new on the platform until he deletes a post that violates Twitter’s rules against “posting private information.”

O’Keefe was responding to a tweet by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel claiming that the men, Kyle Jurek and Martin Weissgerber, are Sanders volunteers. When O’Keefe demanded a retraction, posting publicly available Federal Election Commission (FEC) records revealing their employment, Weigel deleted his tweet.

 

And now, O’Keefe must delete his evidence or he won’t be able to tweet again.

Jurek and Weissgerber were filmed going on disturbing rants about armed revolution and re-educating conservatives in modern gulags by undercover journalists for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. They also said there are many people involved in the Sanders campaign who feel the same way.

It’s in the public interest to know that paid presidential campaign staffers are arming themselves for the “fucking revolution” – and ready to “tear bricks up and start fighting” before sending ‘all ‘Republicans to re-education camps.’

Moreover, it’s in the public interest to identify and distinguish these individuals as paid staffers who have gone through a hiring process, as opposed to volunteers – who would by definition have a far weaker association with a campaign. And while publishing private information would be a clear violation of Twitter’s rules, O’Keefe was using publicly available information to correct Weigel on a pertinent fact. Now, O’Keefe is currently unable to reach his 710,000 followers unless he retracts his evidence from their platform.

What rules is Twitter actually following when they police accounts?

Was it ok for CNN to confront, harass, and disclose the name of an elderly woman who promoted a pro-Trump social media account allegedly set up by Russians? That tweet is still up, along with CNN’s account.

https://twitter.com/alx/status/1224850187622998017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1224850187622998017&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fpolitical%2Ftwitter-goes-full-tilt-suspends-james-okeefe

Is it fine that BuzzFeed journalist Ryan Broderick ‘doxed’ Amy’s Baking Company over Twitter, tweeting a link to the privatcontact information of the husband and wife owners? Broderick’s tweet remains as of this writing, along with his account.

Meanwhile, if one directs people to ask a Chinese scientist researching bat coronaviruses about an outbreak of bat coronavirus in the same city as his laboratory, using publicly available contact information – and if you think it’s strange that he would be looking to hire post-doc fellows to use “bats to research the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses to lie dormant for a long time without causing diseases,” you might lose your Twitter account forever.

And while one would hope that Twitter carefully weighs already-public information and the public interest when they make these decisions, it would be easy for one to conclude that the notoriously left-leaning social media giant is scrambling to mute people who think differently on their de-facto public square leading up to the 2020 election.

 

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    6 Comments

    1. Anonymous

      Not much you can do about their censorship.They are, after all, a corporation and freedom of the press does not apply to them. Freedom of the press only applies in the case of government censorship.

      Much the same as SHTFplan has it’s censorship rules (see bottom of page), so does twitter. Stop crying and find a new platform to exhibit your writings and videos.

    2. Cueball

      The atmosphere inside the House chamber….Trumps demeanor…it was uncensored and noticeably uncanny.
      I’m still tingling

      https://youtu.be/zWc-vzdXCyw

      Jk

    3. Clown World

      They open up gas lines, in abandoned business buildings. A fire burns within view of my house, every so often.

      I am torn between the belief that anyone should be allowed to work, in a developed country, vs. the belief that there is no explanation for most of the people holding jobs, here.

    4. CD045

      Our country is deeply divided. This division is a result of two objectives of the communist manifesto of how to control a nation state, control the media and you control the narrative, and control education and you control the the future. Communists are not stupid. They pitch the controlling laws they propose as something that sounds good for all. History has shown that communism has and always will be a slavery of the under class. Communism always follows Socialism. School districts have been taken over by the graduates of those “educational” facilities. The government has made it so families are forced to capitulate to the government’s idea of what education is and should be. The founders envisioned this
      and developed limitations and controls on the Federal government. Not sure this fits, but it is the root of the problem. We need good weed pullers and folks who are dedicated to our founders and willing to be part of Oath Keepers and 3%ers. DJT is the real deal. Thank you for listening. God’s speed ad grace to all patriots.

    5. Anonymous

      The real freedom of the press violation that everyone should be worried about is the US government prosecution of Julian Assange for whistle blowing war crimes.

      Private corporations can restrict your posts whenever they want, but the first amendment gives the people freedom of speech and press not to be interfered with by the Feds.

    6. Mr_Yesterday

      Well, same old story. Is it irony to complain about censorship, when you’re purposefully relying on a monopolistic censor whom profits from your voice?

      If Okeefe would have just issued a printed publication on paper, he would not be having a problem reaching anyone.

      James is a leader in investigative journalism. If he can’t help transition people to different platforms… Wish he would already.

      Welcome to the club, these companies have been censoring for a decade if not longer but somehow it’s always ‘new news’ when it happens to anyone individually. Think about people like me, people whom refused on principal to ever have a login in the first place.

      If you have to login to have ‘speech’, you have already lost. What I like most about printed publications is nobody knows what I read, what I may or may not have agreed on, if I even looked at it in the first place, whom I may have shared it with or redistributed the message to, how long I lingered on a page, etc. Targeted advertisement data collection is the most thinly veiled excuse to violate constitutional privacy rights I’ve ever heard of. Who gives a flying you know what about the solicitors. I slam the doors on solicitors faces and lock them out. You should too.

      Posted from my mozilla, using adblock, ublock, in cognito, do not track, auto delete, do not save encrypted, scripting lockdown, and with prefetch, cortana, and bing associations completely locked down and turned off. Boy, setting up a 10ware was a lot of work but it can be done.

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