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Twitter Bans AOC Parody Account Even Though It Explicitly Followed Their Rules

The parody account was banned despite clearly identifying itself as a parody.

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Twitter Bans AOC Parody Account

Twitter banned the parody account “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody)” late on Monday night, even though it explicitly followed Twitter’s rules for parody accounts.

The @AOCpress account was run by Twitter user @OfficeOfMike, who was also banned, and posted over-the-top and highly satirical tweets parodying the policies and beliefs of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It clearly marked itself as a parody both in the name of the account, and in the account’s bio area, with the sentence “I’m the boss… you mad bro? (parody)”.

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This type of self identification as a parody account would seem to be precisely what Twitter requires for such an account to exist on its platform.

According to the rules Twitter sent to the @AOCpress account’s email address, which the big tech platform claims the account broke:

“You may not register or create fake and misleading accounts. While you may use Twitter pseudonymously or as a parody, commentary, or fan account, you may not use misleading account information in order to engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior, including attempts to manipulate the conversations on Twitter.

In other words, while Twitter allows parody accounts, it expects them to be clearly identified as parody accounts in the account information. Having the word “parody” in both the name of the account and its bio would appear to meet this criteria, but apparently was not enough to satisfy Twitter.

Strangely, the account was created in November of 2018 and rose to a reasonable level of popularity before it was banned Monday night.

Twitter added that the “account will not be reinstated.”

While President Donald J. Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to discuss the major issues facing the platform, it does not seem to have curtailed Twitter’s desire to systematically censor conservatives worldwide.

Just last week, the tech giant banned the account of British activist-turned-politician Tommy Robinson within 24 hours of its creation, showing it is unafraid of brazenly interfering with a sovereign nation’s political process.

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Gab Attacked in Coordinated Hacking Attempt, Timed to Coincide with CPAC

This hack coincided with Trump’s CPAC speech.

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Free speech social media platform Gab was attacked in a coordinated hacking operation sometime this weekend, with malicious actors briefly compromising accounts of prominent users of the platform.

Gab founder Andrew Torba disclosed the cyberattack, revealing that left-wing operatives had sought to compromise both his own Gab account and an archive account reserved for President Donald Trump. The attack compromised Trump’s reserved account minutes before the President was slated to speak on-stage at CPAC- with the timing suggesting the President may announce he’s joining the free speech social media service.

It’s unclear which other accounts were targeted. Torba confirmed that Gab was cooperating with law enforcement in response to the breach. Alt-tech competitor Parler also suffered from frequent data breaches and insecurity, and it may be that powerful institutions determined to take down Parler have shifted their focus to terroristic tactics targeting Gab.

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Gab has been targeted on previous occasions by entities that oppose its mission to restore free speech on the internet. Torba’s disclosure of the incident differs greatly from the deceptive business tactics of Facebook and Twitter, which regularly decline to reveal data breaches and sell user information to corporations and governments at a whim and without any user consent.

Big League Politics is monitoring the situation for any further developments.


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