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Twitter Bans Iraq Veteran Jesse Kelly; Glenn Reynolds Quits Platform in Protest

Posted on | November 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Twitter Bans Iraq Veteran Jesse Kelly; Glenn Reynolds Quits Platform in Protest


Silicon Valley’s war against free speech continues:

Federalist Contributor Jesse Kelly was permanently suspended from Twitter on Sunday for “repeat violations of the Twitter rules,” according to a message from Twitter Support. Kelly is a combat Veteran Marine, conservative radio host, and former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress.
Twitter did not explain what rules Kelly violated, or if there was a specific tweet in question. . . .
Kelly has written about Twitter’s banning of Alex Jones and warned that the speech police will be coming after conservatives next. “They do not want to compete in a marketplace of ideas. Their goal is to silence dissenting voices,” he wrote.
Kelly is a frequent guest on Fox News, and ironically, his last appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show was to discuss online censorship.

More background from Allum Bokhari at Breitbart:

Jesse Kelly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2000 to 2004, and saw combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his service in the Marines, Kelly contested multiple congressional races in Arizona.
Kelly was the Republican nominee in Arizona’s 8th district in 2010, where he came within a single percentage point of beating incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. After withdrawing from a brief attempt to secure the Republican nomination for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district in 2012, Kelly successfully sought the Republican nomination for the special election in Arizona’s 8th district in the same year, although he ultimately lost that election to Democrat Ron Barber.
It’s unknown if Kelly will run for office again, but if he does he’ll have to do so without a Twitter account — a major disadvantage for a politician in the digital era.
Kelly currently hosts The Jesse Kelly Show on iHeart Radio. . . .
Kelly’s suspension sparked outrage on Twitter, where the Marine Corps veteran had a large following. Multiple conservative and populist figures spoke out against his ban from the platform. . . .
Kelly himself previously warned that the ban of Jones and InfoWars was part of a slippery slope that would eventually affect all conservatives on social media. “They just knew Jones was the weak member of the herd. They could pick him off as a test run” wrote Kelly. “Next they’re coming for you.”

Professor Glenn Reynolds is tired of the Thought Police on Twitter:

Why should I provide free content to people I don’t like, who hate me? I’m currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms. So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others. At least I’m giving my reasons, which is more than they’ve done usually.

Internet platforms are simply tools for communication. When the proprietors of a platform surrender to Thought Police who attempt to prevent communication — deciding that people they disagree with cannot use these tools — they are destroying the utility of their own product.

UPDATE: Yesterday, I urged readers to tweet a simple message —  “Jonathan Yaniv Is Not a Woman #IStandWithMeghanMurphy”  — and today multiple people have informed me their Twitter accounts have been suspended until they delete these messages. Twitter has surrendered to the demands of a deranged Canadian pervert, while at the same time banning Marine Corps combat veterans from their platform. 



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