June 15, 2016

Twitter vs. Free Speech

Twitter removed conservative gay opinion leader and critical thinker extraordinaire Milo Yiannopoulus today and after banning him for some apparently anti-Muslim tweets, reinstated him thanks to Drudge.

Twitter is a mess:
Milo Yiannopoulos has hit out at Twitter after they suspended his account earlier today, accusing the social networking service of being “Sharia-compliant” and in financial freefall.

In a press conference at Ground Zero Orlando, delivering a truncated speech following Sunday’s mass shooting — one he was supposed to give on Muslims and gays at the University of Central Florida (UCF), which was canceled by campus police — Yiannopoulos said Muslim campaigners were responsible for him briefly thrown off Twitter this morning.

Milo told a lively crowd that influential news aggregation site The Drudge Report linking to Heat Street’s article on him directly resulted in him being re-instated on Twitter. He said: “My Twitter account was suspended as a result of a campaign by Muslim tweeters. It has been re-instated because the Drudge Report put my picture on the front page with a gigantic headline- thank you Matt Drudge- saying ‘Twitter tells Milo to go to hell!’

“It was Muslims who told me to go to hell and I’m glad to see that Twitter very quickly panicked and backtracked and reinstated my Twitter account today. If it goes down again, who knows?,” he said.
Twitter has turned to the dark side of censorship of conservative ideas recently at the same time they've descended into fiscal duress. Free speech clearly takes a back seat.  The good news is they seem to listen to whomever complains the loudest. Good to know for conservatives.
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