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.”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 7, 2019
The account was noted to be a “parody” in its public username.
I guess you’re not allowed to make fun of democrats anymore. pic.twitter.com/gU1kMg8vo4
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) May 7, 2019
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.
This is why they banned the AOC parody account.
Even labeled as parody the content was just too similar so people were getting confused https://t.co/SoU92DVN3w
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) May 7, 2019
‘AOC Press’ Parody Killed in Latest Big Tech Election Interference. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO FREE SPEECH? THIS IS CENSORSHIP! https://t.co/eTQREYKw6j
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) May 7, 2019
Prominent Jewish conservative @OfficeofMike has been suspended for running an AOC parody account, which does not violate any of Twitter's policies.
The war to censor conservatives is gearing up to be in full swing. We cannot stay silent & we must fight.
— Ashley StClair 🇺🇸 (@stclairashley) May 7, 2019
— Nick Searcy, YOUNG, VIBRANT FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) May 7, 2019
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) May 7, 2019
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: parody account poking gentle fun at @AOC gets the account holder banned; vicious, vulgar, defamatory parody of @DevinNunes by a person who advertises herself as smearing people for money, is ok. Different rules for different politics. Terms of Service are a joke.
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) May 7, 2019
So @jack, @Twitter—making fun of Democrats on Twitter is grounds for suspension, but make fun of a Republican & all’s good? For the record, I think both shld be allowed & Twitter shld stop discriminating based on viewpoint while lying about it @AOCPress @AOC @DevinCow @DevinNunes
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 7, 2019
President Donald Trump published a tweet on Friday pledging to “monitor the citizenship of American citizens on social media platforms.”
I am continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms. This is the United States of America — and we have what’s known as FREEDOM OF SPEECH! We are monitoring and watching, closely!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019