After Musk Withdrawal, Twitter Resumes Political Purges

After billionaire Elon Musk decided to pull out of his own deal to purchase Big Tech giant Twitter earlier this month, the social media company has already resumed its targeted banning of users who don’t share a far-left view of politics.

As reported by Just The News, Twitter began conspicuously reversing its politically-motivated censorship when Musk, the wealthiest man in the world, first announced his plans to buy the company outright and take it private. One such example is Tom Fitton, the president of the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, who said that he saw a “remarkable uptick in followers” after the Musk announcement, despite having previously been suspended for several months after calling hydroxychloroquine a “safe drug” for treating COVID-19.

“I think Twitter is nervous,” Fitton said after Twitter reached a legal settlement with former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson, who managed to prove that “Twitter wasn’t even following its own rules.”

However, after Musk called out Twitter for lying about the real number of bot accounts and other fake users on the website, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO ultimately pulled out of the deal on July 8th.

On Wednesday, Andrew Bostom, an Ivy League epidemiologist, woke up to find that his Twitter account had been suspended for the second time for alleged “misinformation” about COVID, despite his credentials. Bostom had previously been represented by James Lawrence, a former Trump Administration lawyer who also represented Berenson and another banned user, Daniel Kotzin; after Lawrence sent Twitter a legal warning letter on July 14th, Bostom’s account was initially reinstated.

“I am not sure why Twitter has suddenly become so aggressive against accounts like Dr. Bostom’s,” Berenson said on Wednesday. “Its actions make no sense to me either legally or commercially.” He further added that bans like Bostom’s “may violate California law and the California Constitution — which protects some speech on private property,” as Twitter is based out of California.

Multiple other groups and individuals have reported similar bans from Twitter in recent weeks, indicating that the company has reverted to its long-standing political bias against conservatives and those who don’t follow the mainstream narrative on such matters as COVID and voter fraud in 2020. Musk repeatedly vowed to turn Twitter into a pro-free speech platform after buying the company, a move that enraged Democrats and the mainstream media.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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