appears to have notified a number of establishment media publications
ahead of its permanent ban of Alex Jones, while neglecting to inform
tweet from CNN’s Oliver Darcy was published at 4:45 p.m. eastern
time, coinciding precisely with Twitter publicly announcing the ban. CNN
could not have written the article beforehand unless Twitter notified
them of its decision in advance.
is the CNN activist reporter who repeatedly
agitated for Twitter to purge Alex Jones,
publishing articles about the Infowars host’s alleged terms of service
violations. Darcy would eventually catalyze Jones’ ban, which Twitter
justified by referencing Jones’ heated exchange with Darcy at
yesterday’s congressional hearings with big tech executives. Along with
Democrat politicians, CNN has ceaselessly
lobbied for its competitors in the alternative
media to be blacklisted online.
said the video of Jones calling Darcy an “anti-American, anti-free
speech coward” constituted “abusive behavior,” even though it was
conducted outside of the platform (Twitter gave itself the authority to
police users for offsite behavior earlier this year).
establishment publications that ran full articles on Jones’ ban at the
same time as Twitter’s announcement included BuzzFeed News, the
Associated Press, and the New York Times.
conservative-leaning media source appears to have received advance
notice. A source at Fox News said they “hadn’t heard anything” ahead of
the ban. Fox did not run an article on Jones’ ban until an hour after
Twitter’s announcement. The Wall
Street Journal posted an article several hours after the ban
Paul Joseph Watson said:
“Silicon Valley and mainstream media are working hand in hand to silence
competing voices. This is clearly harmful to the very spirit of the
First Amendment and must be stopped now. Social media is the public
square. It’s time it was legally treated that way.”
Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News.
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