Unbelievable, yet believable.
Twitter has suspended CRTV’s Gavin McInnes, and honestly, I had a feeling this was coming. Not Twitter suspending him specifically, but right-wing individuals in general.
According to the report from BuzzFeed, Twitter suspended “several accounts associated with the Proud Boys, a right-wing group present at last year’s Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, ahead of a similar rally in Washington, DC this weekend.” Twitter says McInnes violated the platform’s policy on “violent extremist groups.”
“We can confirm that these accounts have been suspended from Twitter and Periscope for violating our policy prohibiting violent extremist groups,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
The specific accounts suspended? @ProudBoysOhio, @ProudBoysCA @Proud_Boys_IL, @ProudBoysVT, @ProudBoysNH @ProudBoysOR, and @ProudBoysNeb. Others included @ProudBoys1776, @proudboysgirls @proudboysunite, and @ProudboysCanada, @proudboysFOAK, @FOAKUSA and of course, @Gavin_McInnes.
— Chad Prather (@WatchChad) August 11, 2018
Twitter banned Gavin McInnes and the Official proud boys account pic.twitter.com/YRJLsR1ieJ
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) August 11, 2018
This is clear political discrimination! pic.twitter.com/VbBoexcPit
— Mike Tokes (@MikeTokes) August 10, 2018
McInnes’ response was classic Gavin.
In response, McInnes said, “All this stuff is part of the conservative purge, getting the right off social media, to try to stop Trump from getting reelected. He’s already won; the ship has sailed. I think it will have zero effect on my reach or on the Proud Boys. We’ll always come back. ” He also mused about suing Twitter.
I’m just gonna leave this here.
— CRTV (@CRTV) August 10, 2018