On Saturday night, Roger Stone launched obscene attacks on CNN employees via Twitter. Almost immediately, the social media platform banned him.
A source explained the decision to The Hollywood Reporter. Essentially, Stone violated the terms of Twitter’s usage policy.
From the source:
We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.
WARNING: The rest of this page contains strong language.
Although Stone’s account has been removed, here are the tweets that caused the ban:
@donlemon stop lying about about the Clinton’s and Uranium you ignorant lying covksucker !!!! You fake news you dumb piece of shit
@jaketapper must be held accountable for his lies and very severely punished #Fakenewsasswipe.
The hypocrisy alarm went off almost immediately. Oftentimes, Twitter has chosen to allow left supporters go as far as tweeting death threats. Meanwhile, Conservative Twitter accounts are punished almost immediately.
Recently, Rose McGowan was also banned for calling out both Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck – two well-known Democrats.
Here are just a few “lovely” tweets that are still live on Twitter:
When lying, even pathologically, has zero repercussions.
— Dane Rauschenberg (@SeeDaneRun) August 28, 2017
If you believe these tweets are only aimed at politicians, think again. After calling Rauschenberg out for his profanity, he tweeted at another user:
Go fuck yourself, Kathy. Your grandchildren hate you and your embarrassing Avon selling. You smell like cat piss.
— Dane Rauschenberg (@SeeDaneRun) August 26, 2017
Here’s another one from a different account.
How about a day without a FUCKING GUN MASSACRE, you fucking Fox whore? https://t.co/CcjKp4YL3r
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 2, 2017
Nope, that doesn’t seem even the slightest abusive.
And, of course, Trump’s favorite person, Rosie O’Donnell, has sent out some tweets that are definitely not abusive
– fuck roger stone – up the ass with a sledgehammer
— ROSIE (@Rosie) August 12, 2017
And here’s the winner:
I recommend u fuck urself with a cactus #WorstPresidentEver
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 26, 2017
These are more well-known voices in the Twitterverse. Undoubtedly, letting the left get away with their hate speech occurs at a smaller scale, too.
Encouraging the left towards these violent tendencies has only allowed their groups to grow more radical. Just look at ANTIFA.