Twitter permanently suspended an anti-critical race theory organization, then reinstated the account after MRC Free Speech America asked the platform for an explanation.
A Twitter spokesperson told MRC Free Speech America that the account was “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on ban evasion.” Twitter typically bans users who, after being banned from one account, create a new account so that they can continue to use the platform. But Tony Kinnett, co-founder and executive director of Chalkboard Review told MRC Free Speech America the banned account was “the first and only one [they’ve] ever had.” Twitter reversed its decision less than 10 minutes after the platform responded to a request for comment.
Prior to the reinstatement, Kinnett said, “There is no tweet that they have cited. There is no account activity that they have suggested of any shape or sort that has caused us, that would cause us to be banned,” he said. “Their statement saying that we avoided, that avoiding being banned is what got us banned makes no sense whatsoever. Again, we’ve seen no evidence of it.” It appears Twitter later agreed with Kinnett’s assessment. A purported screenshot tweeted by Chalkboard Review after reinstatement of the account shows Twitter’s response to the organization’s appeal. “After further review, we have unsuspended your account as it does not appear to be in violation of Twitter’s rules,” Twitter stated in response. [Emphasis added].
Although unwilling to lay blame without evidence, Kinnett said he would not be surprised if Twitter was responding to the National Education Association’s open call for Big Tech companies to censor groups that oppose critical race theory in schools. “[T]he NEA is desperately in love with critical race theory. They’ve said it very openly and that they demand groups like Twitter etcetera, other social media platforms to remove us. They’ve demanded that anyone that is basically pushing what they consider anti-CRT propaganda to be removed from their platform.” He later added that he would be unsurprised if “Twitter would try scraping a small to medium-sized platform off of Twitter to say that they’re doing something.”
A screenshot posted by Chalkboard Review after its account was reinstated showed that an unverified user purporting to be Emilie McKiernan claimed to have reported Chalkboard Review to Twitter. McKiernan, a self-identified NEA “Leader for Just Schools,” has since made her account private
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment about the reversal of its initial decision at the time of publication.
Chalkboard Review is a member of the Free Speech Alliance. The Free Speech Alliance comprises nearly 100 organizations that oppose the silencing of conservative voices on social media.
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