This week, Twitter banned RC Maxwell, a popular black Conservative political consultant and activist from the social media platform just two weeks after he created his account.
“I created my new account about two weeks ago,” Maxwell told Big League Politics. “I used that account @Campaign45Papi to push the pro-Trump candidates I’m working with this mid-term, which include (Kelli Ward Arizona Senate, John James Michigan Senate, Ron Bassilian California House, Aja Smith California House, and Liz Matory Maryland House, but it was suspended just as I started to garner a decent following with influential messaging.”
Maxwell currently works as a GOP political consultant out of California.
According to Maxwell, this is the second time Twitter has banned him from the platform without reason, completely deleting his profile.
His first account @BlackHannity, which was verified, was banned last year. From that account, Maxwell was once re-retweeted by Donald Trump Jr, and other prominent Conservatives including Mike Cernovich and Paul Joseph Watson.
In August 2017, Maxwell received national media attention after he was assaulted at a Trump rally by a counter protester who punched him in the face and pepper sprayed his eyes.
Maxwell is one of many Conservatives who have been banned from the platform, including Tommy Robinson, Baked Alaska, and Conservative street artist Sabo.
Last week, President Donald Trump tweeted about the censorship of Conservatives on Twitter, and vowed to “look into” it, calling shadow banning a “discriminatory and illegal practice.”
This morning, Twitter also suspended black conservative Candace Owens for tweeting the same message as New York Times editor Sarah Jeong, demonstrating the company’s anti-conservative bias.
Twitter Posts Job Posting for Developing Paid Subscription Service; Will Platform Become Pay-to-Use?
Will it lead to the downfall of the platform?
Shares for Twitter’s stock surged more than 8% on Wednesday as the company posted an online job listing for a developer who would work on a new system designed as a pay-to-use platform.
The job listing advertises the opening for a project team termed “Gryphon.” The company describes the team as creating a “subscription platform” that “can be reused by other teams in the future.”
In a statement to CNN on the job listing, Twitter underplayed the announcement, stating that it was only a job listing, not a product announcement.
“We’re conducting this survey to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck. We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”
CEO Jack Dorsey has resisted shareholder demands to reorganize Twitter to prioritize profitability, most recently fending off a buyout attempt staged by oligarch Paul Singer challenging his leadership of the company. Dorsey kept his position of power over the company after reaching an agreement with profit-hungry shareholders, and the new development of paid subscription software could signal he intends to further satisfy them.
The company’s major investors will likely be pleased by any sign the company intends to convert its service into a pay-to-use model, evolving away from the tradition business model of micro-targeted ads towards its user base. However, a change to a subscription model could prove to be a threat to Twitter’s appeal, especially when newer free speech platforms are gunning for the platform’s user base and the company caves to the demands of censorious liberal journalists in suspending a variety of public figures deemed inconvenient to the neoliberal societal model.
Ultimately, the greed and thirst for power of the privileged elites of Silicon Valley could possibly bring about an end to their era of domination over online political speech, heralding a renaissance of the internet.
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