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.
The email Mike received for running a PARODY account that clearly stated it was a parody in the bio. pic.twitter.com/lZNryCmMMQ— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) May 7, 2019
I honestly don't know what to say... this is madness. @OfficeOfMike was fully compliant with the @Twitter TOS when he ran the LABELED PARODY ACCOUNT @AOCPress, yet they PERMANENTLY suspended BOTH accounts...@Jack... this is a major problem. FIX IT pic.twitter.com/Q7rK6kGWh6— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) May 7, 2019
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.
I am being told that @OfficeOfMike was suspended for "Running Multiple Accounts", which is complete BS, because the other account was a parody account and was clearly labeled as such.Will update when I know more.— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) May 7, 2019
I just spoke with @OfficeOfMike, and this is a PERMANENT BAN.He also told me that 3 other prominent Jewish accounts were also banned tonight.WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON @Twitter?Have you gone full blown Nazi?— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) May 7, 2019
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.
Wow. Not even legit parody is safe.So does this mean they're going to ban all of the fake Trump accounts too? This is some straight up BS.— Intoxicating Masculinity (@thepocketgeek) May 7, 2019
Many users accused Twitter of double standards.
James WoodsSheriff David Clarke Now @AOCPressBig push to silence.— Twiter’s Parolee aka Real Illinois GOP (@RickCurtiss2) May 7, 2019
It's just like when they banned parody Maxine, and although antifa parody accounts. But look at all the Trump leftist parody accounts. Not a single one has been banned.— Josh White🇺🇸 (@MagicValleyComp) May 7, 2019
Though some suggested the parody AOC account was too close to the real thing.
Nobody could tell the parody AOC account from the real AOC account.— Affordable Sweden (@rogue_vogel) May 7, 2019
Thanks for deleting that awful parody account of me @jack! It means so much that you won't let people make fun of me!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Office (Parody) (@AOCoffice) May 7, 2019
Some appealed to Trump and other authorities,
Trump is watching and warned them. Trump will let it get worse and then pull the carpet out from under big tech censorship.— Mirage (@mirage20171) May 7, 2019
This whole thing needs to be brought to the Supreme Court. They would, based on past rulings, extend 1st Amendment protections to these monopoly platforms.— Justin Bernard (@JustinJBernard) May 7, 2019
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.”Also on rt.com Trump defends Facebook banned ‘extremists,’ attacks ‘radical left-wing’ media
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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