After Twitter permanently banned President Trump’s account, left-wing reporters call on Twitter to ban their conservative competitors.
Sarah Jeong, a New York Times journalist who previously tweeted “cancel white people,” demanded Twitter ban the Twitter account of independent journalist Andy Ngo.
"Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants" – Sarah Jeong
"Cancel White People" – Sarah Jeong
— Allum Bokhari (@LibertarianBlue) June 2, 2020
Ngo is best known for his work on documenting a left-wing extremist movement called Antifa, and in the process, he also experienced physical attacks from this left-wing group.
On Friday, Jeong wondered why Twitter had not yet banned Ngo’s account, claiming that the mugshots of arrested Antifa members that he posts amounts to “incitement.” The New York Times journalist also pointed out an article from the Willamette Week where members of Antifa called out Ngo on how he posts their pictures online.
The members also stated that their lives had been ruined not because they have committed the crime that resulted in their arrest but because Ngo had posted their mugshots on his social media account.
However, Ngo said that since they are public information, these posts are legal.
“Our mother f—kin streets!”
A militia of #antifa black bloc carrying shields marched in Manhattan yesterday to claim ownership of the public space. Similar gatherings elsewhere, some of which are violent, have occurred since the social media ban of Trump. pic.twitter.com/Zq2yz41YxL
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 11, 2021
According to the report by Twitchy, Ngo was able to find Jeong’s tweet even though she tried to use asterisks in place of some of the letters of his name. The outlet reported, “Like many who refuse to type out the name Trump or just call him ‘45,’ Jeong didn’t even spell out Ngo’s name, but he managed to find her tweet anyway.” The report continued, “[this] reminds us all that, yes, Jeong is the woman who used Twitter hashtags like #CancelWhitePeople, obviously inspired by her hatred for ‘dumbass f**king white people’ who ought to live underground ‘like groveling goblins.’”
Jeong is not the only reporter that is demanding to silence those she disagrees with. Alexander Nazaryan, a Yahoo News reporter, also demanded Twitter ban several prominent conservative reporters. Including among them is Mollie Hemingway by The Federalist and Tucker Carlson of Fox News.
Neither Hemingway nor Carlson have violated Twitter policies or called for violence. However, Hemingway has spent years exposing Russia-collusion hoaxes that were committed by Democrats and their media supporters. Hemingway also revealed numerous stories related to the suspicious sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Now do Jack Posobiec, Dan Scavino, Mollie Hemingway, Rogan O'Handley, Tucker Carlson…
— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) January 8, 2021
When Twitter accounts of Trump were suspended by the social media platform, Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, former national security adviser Alexander Nazaryan wrote, “now do Jack Posobiec, Dan Scavino, Mollie. Hemingway, Rogan O’Handley, Tucker Carlson …”
On Friday, Twitter permanently banned Trump’s account, claiming that the President’s tweets about his supporters and not attending the inauguration of Joe Biden, which neither calls to the violence of any kind, somehow violated Twitter’s guidelines on “inciting or glorifying violence.”
On January 8, 2021, President Donald J. Trump tweeted:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape, or form!!!”
Shortly thereafter, the President tweeted:
“To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”
According to Twitter, these two Tweets must be read in the context of “broader events in the country and how the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”
While many are applauding moves by Twitter, Facebook and other social media firms to block President Trump's reach, author @ChrisLynnHedges warns the bans could backfire. "It's always, in the end, the left that pays for this kind of censorship." pic.twitter.com/EnYOKvV5uf
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) January 11, 2021
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Other than Twitter, Facebook also banned President Trump from posting until the remainder of his term, Snapchat banned his account as well. Meanwhile, YouTube also suspended Trump’s account.
On the other hand, Google took the next step by removing Parler from its store, the social media website that is seen by conservatives as an alternative to Twitter. Apple is also threatening to do the same. On Saturday, Amazon also followed Google’s move as they removed Parler from its web-hosting service.