Twitter once again took decisive action this week against prominent conservative accounts on its platform.
According to reports, the right-wing investigative news organization Project Veritas — as well as its founder, James O’Keefe — saw their accounts temporarily suspended.
“Rules against posting private information”
According to documents cited in the report, Twitter justified its decision by alleging that both accounts violated “rules against posting private information.”
That excuse appears to hinge on video footage that included a brief shot revealing the home address of Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen. The street name and city, however, were not depicted.
“Content that Americans deserve to see”
The clip features Project Veritas reporter Christian Hartsock approaching Rosen near his home and attempting to elicit a statement on the record.
In a statement on the matter, Project Veritas Media Relations Manager Mario Balaban called the decision “outrageous” and describing the video in question as “harmless.”
He said the incident “shows that Twitter and Facebook are teaming up to censor content that Americans deserve to see.”
“An apparent act of retaliation”
The Daily Caller noted that Twitter has been less than consistent in its decisions regarding which tweets and accounts to flag under this particular policy issue.
Its report cited examples like the lack of action against Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times after she tweeted the phone number of Washington Free Beacon reporter Aaron Sibarium. Furthermore, the social media platform previously suspended the Project Veritas account in connection to its publication of documents obtained from Pinterest.
In an initial statement, Twitter advised that the Project Veritas account had been “permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s private information policy.”
O’Keefe provided a statement to Fox News claiming the action is “nothing new” and asserting: “In an apparent act of retaliation for daring to question their authority, Twitter responded to our appeal by suspending our account, continuing to tell us that Project Veritas could delete the tweet and have our account reinstated.”