A long-time ally of President Donald J. Trump was banned from using his Twitter account Saturday and his 298,000 followers were removed from his access without warning.
“While I am uncertain why, sometimes the stark truth offends some people,” said Roger J. Stone Jr., a former aide to President Richard M. Nixon, who unleashed a Tweetstorm on his critics and particularly CNN on-air presenters, especially Don Lemon, whom he called a “covksucker” very close to a pejorative term for a gay man–Lemon is gay.
Stone also Tweeted that Lemon was: “dumber than dog shit” and “a dull-witted arrogant partyboi.”
Initially, Stone’s friends reported that his suspension was only a three-hour timeout.
In time, it became clear after three hours passed, that the suspension was permanent.
Stone said he remains defiant.
“I am going to sue Twitter on multiple grounds,” he said.
Stone told New York magazine: “I am advised I have a very strong legal case. Twitter wants to avoid being regulated like a utility. No one has been willing to file the anti-trust case. I am.”
Many Tweeters drew attention to leftwing Twitter accounts, such as the one run by Keith Olbermann.
— Dale (@freeburlington) October 29, 2017
Others on Twitter celebrated Stone’s banishment.
New Twitter guidelines were released just last week and one rule, in particular, seems to apply to Stone:
Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.
“Tweets that glorify violence will be subject to company action. Currently, Twitter takes enforcement action against direct violent threats, vague violent threats and wishes/hopes of serious physical harm, death, or disease serious,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said.
We have a Trust & Safety Council which reviews and gives feedback on our policy and product changes. We emailed them our proposed changes in order to get critical feedback. Email found in this article: https://t.co/i4dMsGv5rm
— jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 18, 2017
According to an internal memo: Twitter executives said a more aggressive policy and enforcement approach will result in the removal of more content from our service and they are comfortable making this decision, assuming that we will only be removing abusive content that violates their rules.
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