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Mitch McConnell's Path to Victory
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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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Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years. He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.

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