After coming under fire for banning the very popular @AOCpress parody account that mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Twitter sent the user a second explanation for their ban that makes no sense to those outside of the big tech oligarch’s halls, and does little to help other users avoid committing the same violations.
Earlier this week, Twitter banned the famous @AOCpress account, even though it clearly identified itself as a parody both in the account’s name and in its bio. Multiple conservative outlets, including Big League Politics, reported on this move to censor conservative comedy. This apparently prompted Twitter to send additional information to the user, clarifying that it was not banned for being a parody.
Instead, Twitter now claims it was banned because the account posted “duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account,” or created “duplicate or substantially similar accounts.”
The account may also have been considered a “fake or misleading account.”
Twitter has just informed Mike that they will NOT be reinstating his account & their reasoning as to why they banned him has changed.
What is Twitter’s definition of similar content? All parody accounts are fake, so will Twitter start banning them too? pic.twitter.com/ErydawKhkU
— Courtney Holland 🇺🇸 (@hollandcourtney) May 9, 2019
Of course, Twitter provided no evidence to back its claims, nor does it explain what its verbose accusations mean in layman’s terms. From the communication, it seems as if Twitter is accusing the account of spamming, and again, of passing of the clearly identified parody account as the real Ocasio-Cortez.
There is a new parody account mocking Ocasio-Cortez, but it was made in May of 2019, likely after the previous account was terminated. Another parody was created in January, and was not banned. It is not known if the same Twitter user is running this account, but it seems unlikely.
Twitter has repeatedly ignored requests for comment from Big League Politics throughout this latest censorship purge that has seen Carpe Donktum, David Horowitz, the @MAGAphobia account that chronicled violence against supporters of President Donald J. Trump, and the @porn_lawyer account parodying Michael Avenatti impacted.
Gab Temporarily Down as Administrators Investigate Criminal Security Breach
Coordinated hackers are attacking Gab.
The administrators of free speech platform Gab temporarily disabled their platform on Monday, in response to what they’re calling a security breach.
We took the site down to investigate a security breach.
Banks are banning us.
Hackers are attacking us.
Journalists are libeling us.
Real simple: Gab glorifies Jesus Christ and is fighting to protect free speech online for all people.
— Gab.com (@getongab) March 8, 2021
Attracting millions of users after the decline of free speech competitor Parler, Gab has quickly become the target of the internet establishment for serving as the global internet’s de facto free speech forum. Four banks simultaneously closed Gab banks accounts last week, acting in coordination in an all-of-society deplatforming attempt.
A message purportedly from a hacker of sorts appeared on Gab founder Andrew Torba’s account, with the malicious actor making a series of claims about compromising Gab’s security systems. The hacker claims to have accessed verification photos that Gab users have submitted to the platform, potentially accessing the driver’s licenses of Gab users. This likely represents a criminal offense.
Torba earlier referenced “demon hackers” as responsible for the coordinated attack on Gab. As a new platform representing a social media alternative to millions discriminated against by Big Tech, it’s likely that bad actors will continue to attempt to compromise Gab’s systems. It may even be possible that the hackers in question are linked to western governments, which would represent an unprecedented attack on free speech by the power of the state.
— Gab.com (@getongab) February 28, 2021
Gab is refusing to cave to criminal elements, vowing to return the platform to the internet in its full capacity. Hackers are allegedly demanding a ransom in return for relenting the assault on Gab, in a development that potentially makes them liable to extortion charges.
Gab is an American business run by law-abiding American citizens that can't get a business checking account, can't process credit and debit cards online, and can't access basic online services run by tech monopolies.
Where are our leaders? Where is the GOP?
— Gab.com (@getongab) March 8, 2021
Big League Politics has requested comment from Gab on the matter and is monitoring the situation.
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