‘Different Rules for Different Politics’: Conservatives Slam Twitter for Suspending AOC Parody Account

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Alex Wong/Getty Images/Leah Millis/REUTERS

Twitter took down a parody account of freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for being too similar to the congresswoman’s even though the account was marked as a “parody,” catching the ire of conservatives on the site.

On Monday evening, Twitter permanently banned the @AOCPress parody account for violating its terms of service. The website sent an email to the person believed to be operating the account — Michael Morrison — outlining the reasoning for the suspension and stating that the account “will not be reinstated.”

“You may not register or create fake and misleading accounts. While you may use Twitter pseudonymously or as a parody, commentary, or fan account, you may not use misleading account information in order to engage in spamming, abusive, or disruptive behavior including attempts to manipulate the conversations on Twitter.

You also may not ‘post duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts or multiple duplicate updates on one account, or create duplicate or substantially similar accounts.’ This account will not be reinstated.”

The account was noted to be a “parody” in its public username.

Monday’s suspension caught the attention of conservatives on the site, who slammed the tech giant for the move while coming to the defense of the account.

Additionally, some users accused Twitter of having “different rules for different politics” by banning the parody account of the self-described democratic socialist while keeping accounts like “Devin Nunes’ cow” live.

Twitter Screenshot

President Donald Trump published a tweet on Friday pledging to “monitor the citizenship of American citizens on social media platforms.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sued Twitter in March over the “Devin Nunes’ Cow” account as well as other parody accounts and for allegedly “shadow-banning” him on the platform.

What do you think?

11 pledges
Upvote Downvote
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
TOM
Member

Arthur Schwartz you never could make fun of demoncraps.

Screwtape
Member

The sad truth is that Twitter is a privately-held company, so 1st amendment rules do not apply. Nor do privacy rules.

However, as with Google and Amazon, monopoly laws do apply. Note Google’s recent billion dollar fine in the EU.

Better yet, let alternatives/competition arise. While the majority of Silicon Valley VCs are Lefties, not all are. q.v. Peter Thiel.

TOM
Member

I believe that the First Amendment applies to everyone including privately held companies.

Screwtape
Member

Nope. The Bill of Rights only enumerates the rights of citizens and what the government CANNOT do.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators gather for a protest calling for a $15-an-hour nationwide minimum wage in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo

Researchers Find Another Downfall to Raising the Minimum Wage — An Increased Crime Rate

Kamala Harris

Harris Vows to Kill Job-Creating GOP Tax Cuts If Elected Despite Economic Boom: ‘Get Rid of the Whole Thing’