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.”
UPDATE ON @OfficeOfMike
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 🇺🇸 (@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.
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