The reaction from Twitter to what the participants themselves called a “polite” debate on guns that featured “no personal insults” was to give conservative author Brad Thor what amounts to a brush back.
In a move that proves to be prophetic in the face of concerns about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey taking sides in America’s “new civil war,” Thor received a “reminder about our rules” after respectful exchange with liberal comedian Michael Ian Black.
And while the two were worlds apart on their views on guns — which can be seen in a perusal of their thread — the one thing they did agree on was that their discussion was civil:
Some did disagree with Black’s assertion of there being no personal insults, given that he called the NRA “a terrorist organization.”
Either way, Thor shared the “reminder” that he received, tagging Dorsey and Twitter Support:
@Twitter @TwitterSupport @Jack – I couldn’t have been having a nicer, more polite discussion with @michaelianblack and you all drop this into my TL? What’s up with that?”
The brush back even prompted Black to weigh in, calling the action “bullshit.”
Turns out, other conservatives received the same message, as seen in a tweet from Warner Todd Huston:
Ha, I just tweeted out that VERY thing!! I had the same dire warning on my feed a few minutes ago… https://t.co/piFijhylgc
— Warner Todd Huston (@warnerthuston) April 7, 2018
Social media users did not take kindly to the warnings, here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
This warning message is intimidation in itself.
Twitter, heal thyself. https://t.co/CF5qxWlZ0Q
— D.W.Robinson (@_DWRobinson) April 7, 2018
With @jack retweeting articles about how the right must be crushed forever this seems pretty telling.
— Jim Hall (@WFSecurityNerd) April 7, 2018
Welcome to the REAL Twitter. You were absolutely respectful and calm. But you don't fit the radical left. Check for shadiebanning as well I promise you are https://t.co/0sYbWNhIvO
— Jay Allan (@gridiron_guru67) April 7, 2018
— Cliff Banks (@Cliff_Banks) April 7, 2018
There’s a lesson to be learned here… https://t.co/XcJ9LbpwRo
— Mark Noonan (@Mark_E_Noonan) April 7, 2018
This is the tech mafia leaning on the right. Silicon Valley at it's finest. https://t.co/Zeg4VSpmkN
— Chris Cardillo (@cvcardillo) April 7, 2018
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