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Exclusive: CJ Pearson Responds to Twitter Ban

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On the heels of conservative journalist Laura Loomer’s epic protest in which she handcuffed herself to Twitter’s office in New York City, right wing pundit CJ Pearson was banned from the platform.

“What happened today with Twitter is more of the same – an overt and intentional attempt at censorship to silence a voice they cannot control,” Pearson told Big League Politics. “The left will not silence me.”

Pearson said the pretext for his ban was age, for which Twitter has suspended him before. Twitter’s terms of service dictate that one must be at least 13 to use the platform.

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“I’m 16 years old, not 13,” he said. I established this months ago with Twitter when they banned me using the same reasoning. This is nothing more than a creative approach at censorship.”

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Pearson said that six months ago Twitter suspended his account, forcing him to verify his age, and even getting his mother involved in the process. He was defending Loomer’s protest Thursday afternoon when his account was taken offline.

The social media giant has been under scrutiny for its repeated banning of right wing figures, including Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos. Roger Stone, Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes.

Earlier this week, the platform banned Fox News pundit Jesse Kelly, but reinstated his account after widespread outrage.

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Biden, Obama, Bezos, Bill Gates Twitter Accounts Hacked in Cryptocurrency Scam; All Verified Accounts Silenced

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At least a dozen Twitter accounts belonging to major public figures were hacked by scamsters executing a cryptocurrency fraud scheme. A tweet appeared on the timelines of prominent individuals such as Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Joe Biden and Barack Obama urging their followers to send cryptocurrency to a Bitcoin wallet, promising that the funds would be returned in double.

 

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The widespread nature of the recurring scam solicitations makes it likely that hackers discovered a weakness in Twitter’s internal security protocols, enabling them to take control of the accounts of some of the platform’s largest users.

Unfortunately, some Twitter users fell for the dubious scam, with blockchain records indicating that the scam cryptocurrency wallet was sent at least eleven entire bitcoins. One bitcoin is worth around $9,000.

As Twitter struggled to prevent the scamsters from taking control of any more large celebrity accounts and scamming more people, the platform temporarily suspended all tweets from verified users on Wednesday afternoon. Verified accounts were then unlocked, only to be locked again as the scamsters attempted a second round of scam messages.

Twitter security acknowledged the wide-ranging scam on Wednesday afternoon, confirming that they were disabling the tweeting ability of some accounts to prevent the scam messages.

Shares of Twitter fell 3% on the stock market in the wake of the security breach.

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