FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Dorsey said Nov. 22, 2016, that the social media platform accidentally suspended his own account. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

 

Over and over we hear the refrain from the left and the media and the Vichy Republicans that the idea that Big Tech is actively trying to stifle conservative voices is a myth. Well, that’s not entirely true. You do have the whole group of former Republicans at The Bulwark and their buddies who see their own milquetoast form of conservatism as being the financial benefactor as no one really cares what their opinion is enough to stifle them. Those are the ones chanting “muh private company” and such.

While the evidence has been overwhelming for quite a while it has been largely ignored because the targets were conservative pundits and provocateurs. Now Twitter has take the full-blown step into election manipulation. They actually suspended Mitch McConnell’s senatorial campaign Twitter account.

As my colleague Sister Toldjah related, on Sunday night a rather unhinged mob descended on Mitch McConnell’s personal residence and shouted obscenities and threats at him. The video of this low level political violence that is actively encouraged by Nancy Pelosi an her henchcreatures was pushed out on Twitter by Mitch McConnell’s campaign and by The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra. Twitter didn’t like it. Both the McConnell campaign and Saavedra had their Twitter accounts suspended. This is the story:

The McConnell campaign wasn’t all that amused, either.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign has been thrown in Twitter jail.

After sharing a video of a profanity-laced protest outside of the Kentucky Republican’s home in Louisville, the campaign Twitter account, Team Mitch, has been locked out.

“This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Mitch McConnell. This is a problem with the speech police in America today,” McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Courier Journal. “The Lexington Herald-Leader can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of his opponents. But we can’t mock it.

“Twitter will allow the words of “Massacre Mitch” to trend nationally on their platform, but locks our account for posting actual threats against us,” Golden added. “We appealed and Twitter stood by their decision, saying our account will remain locked until we delete the video.”

If a television station or radio station had pulled a stunt like this, it would be in violation of federal election law. They simply are not allowed to refuse to carry candidate campaign ads. That Twitter blithely removed a candidate’s campaign messages from its platform is either violation of the law or is should be (and Facebook does the same, see the case of Elizabeth Heng who had her ads pulled because she had fairly tame images of the Cambodian genocide her family survived). Regardless of the legality, this was flagrant interference by a private corporation in a federal senatorial campaign.

As Saavedra points out, Twitter had zero problem with the demonstrators distributing the images. They had not problems with threats being directed at McConnell. They only had a problem when the threats were pushed out as a negative story.

This nonsense has to stop. We can’t let our republican system of government and the elections that underpin it become the plaything of three or four megacorporations and the billionaires that run them. The time is long past of a vigorous action on the part to Department of Justice to do whatever it takes, up to and including bankrupting these behemoths, to make them stay the hell out of our elections.