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7 May, 2019 05:25

Twitter suspends clearly marked AOC parody account with 85k followers, igniting conservative outrage

Twitter suspends clearly marked AOC parody account with 85k followers, igniting conservative outrage

Twitter, it seems, has no sense of humor. An Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody account, clearly marked as such and boasting 85,000 followers, has been banned along with its creator, reportedly for being “fake and misleading.”

Twitter permanently suspended both Mike Morrison’s personal Twitter account and his Ocasio-Cortez parody account @AOCPress without warning, apparently accusing Morrison of violating its policy on fake accounts even though the AOC parody had been clearly marked as a parody in both its account name and its bio.

Morrison’s personal account, which had 50,000 followers, was also suspended, reportedly for “running multiple accounts” – which isn’t actually forbidden, so long as the accounts aren’t used for harassment purposes or spamming.

Morrison claims that three other Jewish conservatives’ accounts were suspended, though he did not name them, nor did anyone else who repeated that rumor.

Twitter allows parody accounts, as several users pointed out.

Many users accused Twitter of double standards.

Though some suggested the parody AOC account was too close to the real thing.

Some appealed to Trump and other authorities,

though even his supporters are beginning to despair that Trump will never step in and defend them.

The ban came less than a week after Facebook and Instagram banned Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and a handful of other popular conservatives – as well as Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader. Not only are the users banned, but even sharing Infowars content is now grounds for banning users under Facebook’s new policy – which it claims is not new at all, but merely the enforcement of existing policy on “dangerous individuals and organizations.”

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While Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at the White House last month, the US president has been slow to call out social media platforms for their apparent ideological bias, like his conservative supporters have been urging him to do. He tweeted his disapproval of the Facebook ban after his son, Donald Trump Jr, condemned it, but has not made any statements in favor of regulating social media platforms or otherwise addressing the apparent ideological discrimination.

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