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Apparently, Mitch McConnell doesn't support more restrictive gun control. Therefore, protests...

Earlier this month, The Washington Post and other outlets reported that Twitter has locked Senator Mitch McConnell's re-election Twitter account, until he deletes a video showing protesters outside his house shouting threats.

(Update: After political pressure from Mitch's campaign and some of his supporters, Twitter has since unlocked the account and restored the tweet. "It shouldn't have taken an avalanche of outrage from across the country to stop Silicon Valley from launching an effort to silence conservatives like the majority leader of the United States Senate in the first place," said Kevin Golden, Mitch's campaign manager in a statement.)

One of those protesters was identified, by the Courier Journal, as a Black Lives Matter member, Chanelle Helm, who shouted, "Just stab the mothefucker [McConnell] in the heart, please."

Twitter, which makes no attempt to curtail the phrase "massacre Mitch" on its platform, had wanted the McConnell video taken down because it "violated our violent threats policy, specifically threats involving physical safety..."

How much bullshit does Twitter think it can get away with? Apparently, a mountain of it.

The "violent threats policy" is aimed at individuals or groups that promote their attacks as a way of gaining advocates and publicizing their actions. THIS video was posted by McConnell, who was the TARGET of a violent threat. Anyone who fails to see the difference should redo their education, starting with the first grade.

Let's see. Suppose a hundred people gathered outside the headquarters of the FBI and shouted violent threats against the Bureau? And suppose the Bureau posted a tweet about it with video? Do you think Twitter would lock the FBI's account?

Suppose a few people stood outside a building where Barack Obama was giving a speech and shouted violent threats at him, and suppose a Twitter user posted video of THAT? Do you think Twitter would suspend his account?

Twitter's initial ruling in the McConnell situation implied that any posted video urging violent action anywhere in the world in any context should be deleted. Such video couldn't possibly be news. It couldn't possibly be a response from a target of violent threats. No. Such video is a "violation of standards."

Actually, Twitter Inc. is violating a standard that any reasonable person would advocate: DON'T DEFEND YOUR BIAS WITH HALF-COCKED LIES. DON'T CONTRIBUTE TO DESTROYING THE 1ST AMENDMENT.

 

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How long did it take you to reach that conclusion about OEN? Three hours?

I don't understand your objection. Rapporport makes a good point.

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You're looking at a brand new account, and the first comment made by that new "member".

No reference to anything specific in the piece. Just a curious snipe at OEN itself. I dunno, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess "troll". :)

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I'm willing to wager that if the tweet was posted by a media-supported Democrat like Pelosi or Harris, with a video of either of them being threatened, Twitter wouldn't have even reacted.

Funny how the "blame" always gets placed on "the algorithms". Algorithms, my ass.

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I will have to pass on that bet. I'd be a definite loser.

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Troll banned.

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