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Twitter Bans Black Republican Political Consultant Without Explanation

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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.

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According to Maxwell, this is the second time Twitter has banned him from the platform without reason, completely deleting his profile.

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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.

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Facebook Will Create “Oversight Board” For Users to Appeal Censorship Decisions

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Facebook is planning on rolling out an “oversight board” to which users of the platform can appeal the censorship of content.

Over the next few weeks, our nearly 3 billion users will have access to an independent review of difficult content decisions,” announced the company in a Thursday blog post.

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Facebook is describing the oversight board as a “global body of experts separate from Facebook that will make independent and binding decisions on the cases they choose to hear.” Facebook users will presumably have the option to appeal incidences of censorship to Facebook’s oversight board when they have exhausted use of Facebook’s existing censorship appeal process. However, the existing process is only available on a seemingly arbitrary basis, and it’s probably not unlikely that those who already aren’t in Facebook’s good graces won’t be allowed the opportunity to appeal to the oversight board.

The overseers are employed and selected by Facebook itself, casting serious doubt as to whether they’re genuinely impartial arbiters of social media censorship.

It’s hard to tell if this is a step in the right direction or merely a ruse for the monopoly to counter accusations that its arbitrary censorship process is undemocratic and authoritarian. In predictable fashion, the powerful Oversight Board is staffed almost exclusively with Soros-linked neoliberal progressives, some of whom have already advocated for a European understanding of “free speech” as opposed to an American one.

With great power comes great responsibility, and Facebook seems content to accept the former without the latter. It simply isn’t their place to declare what is permissible political speech.

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