Twitter has taken action against the left-wing group Ruth Sent Us — which published the addresses of the six conservative justices on the court.
On Thursday, the group’s account, which had called for protests at the homes of the justices, was suspended.
Twitter FINALLY took action against @ruthsentus, a radical group publishing addresses of conservative SCOTUS justices and calling for desecrating churches. What took so long? It’s taken illegal protests, assassination attempt, dozens of churches targeted with vandalism, violence. pic.twitter.com/i3DUQW3CVJ
— Rebecca Downs (@RebeccaRoseGold) July 14, 2022
In May, Politico reported based on a leaked draft opinion that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
After the report, Ruth Sent Us published the addresses of justice John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett.
“Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ and immigrant rights,” the group said on its website.
It added, “We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.”
The group, at one point, also appeared to suggest targeting Barrett’s kids for protests.
“If you’re in the DC metro area, join us. Our protests at Barrett’s home moved the needle to this coverage,” it wrote in one tweet.
It added, “Falls Church is a People of Praise stronghold. She sends her seven kids to a People of Praise school, that she sat on the Board of Directors for. She attends church DAILY.”
Calling for protests over Supreme Court decisions by no means should in and of itself be enough to lead to an account being suspended.
But sharing the addresses of the justices seems like a line that should not be crossed, especially when tensions are this high, and when there is a decision as explosive as overturning Roe.
And it is not far-fetched to say that sharing information about where the justices live is a bad idea as someone was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he traveled to Kavanaugh’s house allegedly with the intention of killing him.
To be fair, Ruth Sent Us did not call for killing justices, but aside from the risk of officials receiving harassment, it’s not good to publish addresses because it can very easily get into the wrong hands.
Twitter did respond to Fox News Digitals’ request for comment about the suspension, so it was not immediately clear what led to the action.
For people who believe in free speech, the silencing of accounts is not something that should be broadly celebrated.
However, it is refreshing to see Twitter take action other than suspending accounts for frivolous reasons like suspending The Babylon Bee over something that was clearly satirical and can’t cause harm.
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