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Several days ago, Twitter 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.
Specifically, Kassam was suspended from Twitter for tweeting, “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.”
.@Twitter continues its censorship of the right by SUSPENDING @BreitbartLondon editor @RaheemKassam’s twitter account for this so called abusive tweet… We’ve seen worse abuse from fanatical leftists. #FreeRaheem pic.twitter.com/Cjk7KX0uXO
— Politicalite.com (@politicalite) January 25, 2018
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.
Unsurprisingly, the entire incident has left the Breitbart Editor-in-Chief utterly outraged. “So I’ve been put in the Twitter Gulag,” complained Kassam during a recent episode of Breitbart News Daily, which is the outlet’s own SiriusXM radio show.
“The powers that be in this world in which we live…the powers that decide who may have speech and who may not, who may say what and what they may not say, have in their great judgment decided that I cannot have a Twitter account,” he clarified.
“I was suspended late last night, and for what?” continued Kassam, who was clearly baffled by the platform’s decision. “One Tweet, I said you can sue me for harassment if you want but my lawyers will counter-sue and take your money in fees, that was all I said,” he explained, noting, “apparently, I’m not allowed to defend myself if there are dozens of left-wing accounts including bots and anonymous accounts tweeting abuse, hatred, swear words… you name it.”
Sadly, Kassam isn’t the only person to be recently targeted by the social media Gestapo. A couple of weeks ago, for example, former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a well-known Trump supporter, was also temporarily suspended from the Twitter.
They did so after he published 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.
Three tweets have been deleted from @SheriffClarke's timeline (screenshots below), including one about making the news media "taste their own blood" and two that referenced complaints made to Twitter about the "blood" tweet. pic.twitter.com/2mvM9UqJz3
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) January 2, 2018
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.
Penkoski, however, insists that the ministry has done nothing wrong and was completely outraged by Facebook’s decision to remove them from their site. “These are not violations of community standards,” he argued while speaking to reporters.
“Facebook may not like it but it is not a violation of anything. It is not hurtful. It is not obscene. It’s not attacking. It’s not threatening. We are Christians. We don’t do that,” he added.
Without a doubt, Kassam’s suspension from Twitter further highlights the platform’s bias against conservatives. Hopefully, though, Kassam remains defiant and continues to defend himself from leftist abuse.
The same can be said for anyone else who the authoritarian left tries to censor.