One Fox News star has just made a comeback, although it might be a short one.
Fox News personality Pete Hegseth, a former member of the Army National Guard, is back on Twitter after his account was previously suspended for a supposed violation of the platform’s policies, the Washington Examiner reported.
Hegseth’s violation had to do with the shooting that took place at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, in early December of 2019. The reader will likely remember that Saudi national Mohammed Alshamrani killed three sailors and injured several others before being killed by authorities.
Following this incident, Hegseth posted a copy of Alshamrani’s manifesto on Twitter, and it was this that led to him being banned. Apparently, Twitter deemed it a violation of their “terrorism and violent extremism policy.”
The policy, according to the Washington Examiner, states that Twitter users are not allowed to “threaten or promote terrorism or violent extremism.” Examples of such conduct would include, “engaging in acts meant to benefit a terrorist organization, recruiting for a terrorist organization, providing services to further a terrorist groups’ agenda, and using the symbols or insignia’s of a terrorist group to promote them.”
It is unclear which of these Hegseth violated. But his account had been banned ever since.
That was until Thursday when Hegseth made a sudden return.
“A few nights [a]go, while checking my app to see if I was still blocked, I casually clicked the ‘remove’ button for the tweet — believing it would, at the least, be a two-step process,” he explained. “Instead, I was instantly back into my account. It was a sincere accident on my part.”
In his post, Hegseth provided his take on his suspension.
“Two months ago I was blocked from Twitter for exposing the words of an Islamist terrorist,” he stated. “Twitter deleted my tweet, and demanded I admit that I did something wrong. I refused. I will never, ever apologize or bow to Leftist tech tyrants like Twitter.”
Social media censors
With such a statement, it is perhaps unsurprising that Hegseth believes the reinstatement will only be temporary. “However, since I assume it won’t be long before I’m banned again,” he wrote, “I’ll take this opportunity to do what Twitter hates: destroy Leftism, expose Islamism, and fight for Americanism.”
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 20, 2020
Of course, if you’re looking to exercise your right to free speech, social media isn’t the most supportive choice. It’s about time that someone censors the social media censors.