Twitter suspends Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch; more conservatives caught in The Purge

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Tom Fitton, the president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, has been suspended from the left-wing social media network Twitter, ostensibly for promoting hydroxychloroquine as “a safe drug,” though he personally believes the reason may be political.

He announced his suspension Saturday morning through the non-establishment social media network Parler, which itself may soon be “suspended” from the Internet if tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon get their way.

“BANNED: Without any warning, I have been suspended for at least 7 days from Twitter for posting: ‘ #Hydroxychloroquine is a safe drug.’ I have posted this exact tweet repeatedly (once or twice a week) and, in September, Twitter specifically found that it was not in violation of its rules,” Fitton wrote on Parler.

“Nevertheless, they locked my account without warning and told me that even if I took the now supposedly offending post down I would be locked out for 7 days. I have ‘appealed’ but we all know, given this background, that this is not about HCQ, it is about finding a pretext to silence another leading conservative voice.”

Look at his post below:

BANNED: Without any warning I have been suspended for at least 7 days from Twitter for posting: “#Hydroxychloroquine is a safe drug.” I have posted this exact tweet repeatedly (once or twice a week) and, in September, Twitter specifically found that it was not in violation of its rules. Nevertheless, they locked my account without warning and told me that even if I took the now supposedly offending post down I would be locked out for 7 days. I have “appealed” but we all know, given this background, that this is not about HCQ, it is about finding a pretext to silence another leading conservative voice.

— Tom Fitton TomFitton Saturday, January 9, 2021

His suspension comes as tens of thousands — if not significantly more — conservatives have been systematically purged from Twitter, ostensibly for promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory.

“The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity. We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a spokesperson told NBC News on Friday.

His suspension also comes amid President Donald Trump’s systematic elimination from all major social media platforms.

Prior to Fitton’s suspension, he’d been tweeting about the ongoing purge.

Look:

Speaking on Fox News’ “Justice w/Judge Jeanine” late Saturday, he argued that stopping these purges will require reforming Section 230.

“The law should be reformed because the courts are misinterpreting it to allow them to engage in bad faith discriminatory activity and censorship against conservatives,” he said.

As a perfect example, he cited his own suspension but warned that just fleeing to Parler as he himself has done for the time being won’t cut it in the long-term.

“They just locked me out of Twitter yesterday after I posted a Tweet that they had previously found to be not in violation of their rules. It relates to the HCQ drug. Completely irrelevant, and they tell me I can’t go back on for at least seven days,” he said.

This is a pretextual way of getting out a leading conservative, and it’s not about just censoring people for saying the wrong things. They don’t want us to be on the Internet everywhere, anywhere. So going over to Parler may work for some time, but I guarantee you, I predict unfortunately that Parlor won’t be around in a few weeks with the way things are going.”

Indeed, only hours after his appearance on FNC, Amazon effectively “nuked” the non-establishment app by announcing its intention to boot Parler from its servers sometime before midnight Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google have already removed Parler from their respective stores.

The left has now said if you oppose their policies, that’s the equivalence of violence and you have to be removed. If you raise questions about election integrity, you can’t be on the Internet. If you raise questions about the lockdowns, you can’t be on the Internet,” Fitton continued.

“So opposing policy is a reason for you to be removed by these big tech companies. Section 230 never envisioned that taking place. It doesn’t allow for it. It doesn’t need to be changed — it needs to be enforced.”

Listen to his discussion with host Judge Jeanine Pirro below:

Pirro’s other guest, Dave Rubin, concluded the discussion by arguing that, despite things looking bad, the battle isn’t lost yet.

Look, David beat Goliath, right? Like, the the little guy can beat the big guy. These things seem huge, they seem all encompassing, they seem ubiquitous and like we can never escape them — but they will destroy themselves, and we just need to build some things in the meantime,” he said.

The only problem is that as soon as conservatives “build some things,” authoritarian left-wing zealots rush out of the woodwork to topple them …

Vivek Saxena

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