Twitter’s attempts to shape the national narrative, and subsequently influence our democratic process, have taken a childish turn this week.
The social media leviathan has long been accused of conservative censorship, with a number of prominent right-leaning users finding themselves on the receiving end of shadow-bans, suspension, or outright de-platforming. These actions have often occurred with little warning, and with little logical explanation. At times, the platform has seemed to make up the rules as they go, much like a young child who is losing at the game Monopoly.
The implications on the concept of free speech notwithstanding, this sort of censorship has denied Americans the ability to communicate their beliefs to one another without physical confrontation – a powerful aspect of the First Amendment that mustn’t be tampered with.
Twitter’s latest controversial maneuver is so thoroughly bizarre that Americans of all political stripes are standing up and taking notice, however.
Former Donald Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci said Friday that Twitter locked his account after he posted an insult aimed at the president’s weight.
Trump had jabbed at a man he thought was an overweight protester during a Manchester, New Hampshire rally, saying: ‘That guy’s got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising.’
Scaramucci tweeted a video excerpt, along with his own commentary: ‘Said the fattest President since William Howard Taft . . .’
Scaramucci had a predictably pedantic response.
‘I think it is related to “fat shaming” President Trump,’ he said. ‘I should have said he is the largest proportioned President since William Howard Taft. My bad.’
Body shaming is certainly imbecilic and cretinous behavior, but Twitter’s actions are undoubtedly curious given that the platform has consistently allowed violent groups such as Antifa to organize and radicalize across their bandwidth with little to no recourse.
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