Fox News Has Been Silent on Twitter Since Its Handling of Threats Against Host Tucker Carlson

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Fox News has greatly reduced its presence on Twitter after the social media outlet stalled deleting a tweet that doxxed Tucker Carlson, publishing his home address.

On Wednesday night, an Antifa mob tried to break down the door of Carlson’s home while chanting, “Tucker Carlson we will fight. We know where you sleep at night.”

Carlson was at work at the time, but his wife was home alone. Fearing a home invasion, she locked herself in the pantry and called 911.

While all of this was going on, the Antifa group Smash Racism filmed the protest and posted it to Twitter and Facebook. Members also posted the home addresses of Carlson, his brother, and his Daily Caller colleague Neil Patel.

According to Tribune Media’s Scott Gustin, Fox News quickly made calls to the social media giants to have the posts removed to prevent further attacks on Carlson’s home.

Facebook quickly removed the posts, but Twitter was slow to react and did not remove the posts until much later. It eventually deleted Smash Racism’s account early Thursday morning, but his address had been reposted several times.

According to Gustin, Fox News will not post any new content to Twitter until the company apologizes for how it handled the situation and removes all tweets containing Carlson’s address. This decision reportedly came from “the highest level” at Fox.

Fox News did release a statement about the attack on Carlson’s home on Thursday, but it has not publically discussed the sudden disappearance on Twitter. In a statement Thursday, the network said:

The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view.  Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.

Several others came to Carlson’s defense as well, including many on the left like Stephan Colbert.

It is unclear how long Fox News will remain off Twitter or whether Twitter will admit any wrongdoing.

IJR reached out to Fox News for comment but it had not responded by the time of publication.

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Michael Feather
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One day soon it seems these children and bigots will come upon the wrong person, only then will the nation take notice when blood washes through the streets and fire is unleashed on them.

Screwtape
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Deny the enemy support. Twitter would be lost without its conservative contributors, much like CNN would sink beneath iit’s Ty-D-Bowl waves without Trump.

Screwtape
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Here’s a question to the MSM. IF, as you claim, violence against journalists is a REAL danger then here it is.

Why are there only crickets chirping from NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, etc.? You too Fox. The outlets should be really, really careful about encouraging this sort of violence by NOT denouncing it.

It should not take a personal (not political) grudge against a Maryland newspaper and the resulting deaths to encourage every single one of you to say this is wrong.

Screwtape
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Smash Racism only posted the address of one brother! For shame. I’m sure there are other innocent family members, neighbors, etc. who can be terrorized.

Consider if the mob HAD broken down the front door and the occupants justifiably shot them in self-defense. (’cause the police can’t teleport) Sensible people, not this mob, would step back. I suspect that when that happens things will escalate quickly in terms of violence and towards civil war.

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