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Just recently, Steven Crowder, a conservative commentator and comedian, was temporarily suspended from Twitter. Apparently, he was suspended shortly after posting a video of one of his interns infiltrating an LGBT meet-up.
Specifically, the social media Gestapo at Twitter reportedly suspended Crowder for a week for sharing a video on the platform that showed one of his interns, who pretended to identify as a computer, crashing an LGBT meet-up at SXSW.
“New MEGA-VIDEO up! HIDDEN CAM: Intern Crashes LGBTQ #SxSW Meetup!” wrote Crowder, who also included a link to the video in the tweet.
Before suspending his account for a week, however, they first suspended him for 12 hours for supposedly violating Twitter’s rules against “hateful conduct.”
At first, Crowder assumed the suspension was because the video did not censor the word “f*****” when someone said it. Determined to share the video with his fans, he decided to produce a censored version of the video and then shared it on Twitter once the suspension expired.
Shortly after posting the new video, though, someone at Twitter informed him that the video also violated their rules and as a consequence, they will be suspending his account for a week and ordered him to remove the tweet. In addition to Twitter, Crowder was also punished on YouTube.
Unsurprisingly, Crowder’s suspension sparked a massive amount of outrage.
For example, upon learning about what happened, Daily Wire Editor Ben Shapiro went on Twitter and wrote, “#FreeCrowder Hey, [Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey], this is insane. If you’re going to suspend everyone who says anything that offends anyone on this platform, you may as well just shut your doors.”
In a follow-up tweet, he added, “So [Louis Farrakhan] is fine with Twitter, but [Crowder] gets suspended for comedy routines. [Dorsey], you’re making an ass of yourself. #FreeCrowder.”
Andrew Klavan, a political commentator who has a radio show on the Daily Wire, also spoke out against Crowder’s suspension. Specifically, he tweeted, “Twitter and YouTube have suspended [Crowder] accounts after he was slandered as a bigot (hate bigots; love Crowder; it’s just a lie). These are assaults on free speech from people who should be committed to the spread of info. #freecrowder!”
Sadly, Crowder isn’t the only conservative to be recently targeted by the social media Gestapo at Twitter. Earlier this year, the platform also suspended the account belonging to Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief, Raheem Kassam for seven days. Apparently, they did so shortly after he published several tweets pushing back against leftist abuse.
Out of all of the tweets that he published, though, the one that reportedly got Kassam suspended from Twitter stated, “instruct away, you f******. I’ll happily show the court and the world that you don’t know how to mute or block a conversation that you jumped into willingly yourself. Then I will take your money for vexatious claims. Then my lawyers will make you pay their fees.”
His tweet was in response to Twitter user Sarah Wait after she threatened to “instruct” a lawyer to sue him for replying to comments that she tagged him in. “Here’s a thought: stop harassing me like I’ve asked you to, or I’ll instruct a lawyer,” she tweeted.
In addition to being suspended for seven days, Kassam was also allegedly ordered to delete the controversial tweet. Begrudgingly, Kassam listened to them and subsequently deleted the tweet from his account.
And several weeks prior to that, former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a well-known Trump supporter, was also temporarily suspended from the Twitter.
According to reports, he was suspended shortly after publishing several tweets bashing the “lying liberal media.” Although his account has since been restored, before giving back complete control, Twitter first allegedly forced him to take down the tweets.
“BREAKING NEWS! When Lying Lib MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD,” wrote Clarke in one of the tweets that got him suspended, noting, “nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA’S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood.”
The tweet, which outraged countless people, also included a photoshopped image featuring President Donald Trump, Sheriff Clarke, and a person with a CNN logo instead of a head. In the image, President Trump can be seen holding the person with the CNN logo for a head while Clarke kicks that individual in the face.
Shortly after he published that tweet and two others, moderators with Twitter sent him a message informing him that what he wrote violated their terms of service and as a consequence, they decided to temporarily place his account in “read-only mode,” which prevents a user from posting new tweets.
“We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,” explained Twitter in the message that was sent to Clarke ordering him to delete the controversial tweets.
Like Kassam, Clarke begrudgingly deleted the tweets from his account. In response, Twitter has since removed the restrictions that they had placed on Clarke’s account so that he could resume tweeting.
Without a doubt, Crowder’s suspension from Twitter further highlights the platform’s bias against conservatives. Hopefully, though, those who the authoritarian left try to censor remain defiant and continue to speak out about just how absurd many on the left truly are.