Twitter continues to wage a war against conservative voices, their latest target being Sam Brown, a Republican Senate candidate and retired Army Captain who fought back against a ban from the platform after he awoke Monday morning to find his account “permanently suspended”.
Twitter has since claimed that the suspension was an error, but the Senate candidate, running to beat Nevada Democrat incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, isn’t buying it.
“Big Tech is waging an all-out attack on conservative voices — using unequally applied ‘rules’ to censor or suspend anyone they disagree with. This summer, they censored my tweets as ‘potentially sensitive content.’ This morning, they suspended my account without warning or cause,” Brown said in a statement to Fox News.
The suspension occurred without Twitter providing any context for the ban, like what tweets or account activity led to the action.
Twitter suspended my account today & later claimed it was a mistake.
This is not the first time they’ve censored me as I run for the Senate.
I’m a Purple Heart Veteran who fought for our free speech yet Twitter denies me mine.
RT this & follow me so we come back even stronger!
— Sam Brown (@CaptainSamBrown) October 4, 2021
The Senate candidate filed to appeal the decision, only to receive an automated message confirming receipt. Less than two hours from the appeal request’s submission however, Brown’s account was reinstated after being offline for several hours.
“Big Tech knows their days of one-sided censorship and divisive influence are numbered with conservative voices like me in the Senate. I will not back down from this fight – Twitter has messed with the wrong soldier,” Brown vowed in his statement to Fox.
For its part, the tech giant claimed that Brown’s account had been flagged as spam by mistake.
“We’re writing to let you know that we’ve unsuspended your account. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see you back on Twitter soon,” Twitter wrote in a later email responding to Brown’s appeal that was obtained by Fox News.
“A little back background: we have systems that find and remove multiple automated spam accounts in bulk, and yours was flagged as spam by mistake,” the platform attempted to explain, “Please note that it make take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.”
This is not the first time that Brown has been targeted and silenced by Twitter. The Senate candidate’s July 4th post that featured a photo of himself in uniform holding a folded flag was allegedly marked “potentially sensitive content” by the platform.
Brown knocked Twitter for its response and, instead, suggested that the tweet was flagged because it featured his face, which was severely burned by an IED explosion during his 2008 deployment to Afghanistan.
The candidate’s campaign launch video was also marked with a “sensitive” label by the platform, though it is unclear why.
A spokesman for Twitter tried to defend the company’s processes, telling Fox News that those kinds of warnings can be enabled or disabled based on an individual user’s account settings.
“As someone who has been targeted multiple times by Twitter’s censorship regime, this issue is now personal to me: it’s clear that decisive action must be taken immediately to rein in Big Tech and the partisan elites who run them,” Brown asserted in his statement to Fox News.
Twitter did not respond to multiple requests for comment, Fox News reported.
Brown took to Twitter late Monday to highlight the importance of snail mail. A good, old-fashioned letter is one of the few forms of communication left that cannot be censored by Big Tech giants.
Here’s this week’s edition of #MailbagMonday. Given that social media can censor us at any time, the mail is more important every single day.
Big Tech can’t censor your letters of encouragement – so keep sending them in! My family and I appreciate your support! pic.twitter.com/PWMUSoV7SF
— Sam Brown (@CaptainSamBrown) October 5, 2021
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