Conservative advocate Charlie Kirk faced a Twitter ban on October 19th for apparent violations of the service.
The account was locked in response to a crackdown on misreporting by Charlie. Speaking to Fox News he said, “I’m kind of in a hostage situation with Twitter. I do not have access to my Twitter account because I tweeted a widely reported story.”
Charlie’s ban comes days after the New York Post was banned for a tweet regarding Joe and Hunter Biden.
Who is Charlie Kirk?
Kirk is the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a right-wing student organisation that advocates for conservatism on campuses.
He’s very active on social media and creates posts and videos that spark political conversations, including debates with anti-Trump supporters.
Why did Twitter ban Charlie Kirk?
In technical terms, Twitter banned Charlie Kirk for “Violating Twitter’s rules against posting misleading information about voting”. This is with regard to a tweet by Kirk re-reporting a news story about Pennsylvania mail-in ballot requests. The article contained a mistake, which was later amended by the publication.
However, when sharing it, Kirk allegedly reported the story with the initial misinformation.
He tweeted: “Pennsylvania just rejected 372,000 mail-in ballots. One voter was said to have submitted 11 duplicate ballots. Pennsylvania might be the key to winning the White House. What’s going on?”
Political figures react to the Twitter ban
After Kirk shared the news that his account was locked, various supporters, including political figures, came to his defence.
While Florida politician Matt Gaetz tweeted: “Charlie Kirk is now locked out of Twitter. This is such bullshit. FCC & FEC need to get off their asses now!”
Charlie Kirk now has his account back, though any tweets related to the banning incident have been deleted.
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