Republican Senate candidate Sam Brown slams Twitter for suspending his account
Republican Senate candidate and retired U.S. Army captain Sam Brown denounced Twitter after finding out Monday morning that his account had been suspended. The Purple Heart recipient, who is competing in Nevada’s Republican primary to oust Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in the 2022 midterm election, lambasted the microblogging site for censorship without warning or reason. “Big Tech is launching a full-fledged attack on conservative voices, using unevenly enforced ‘rules’ to remove or suspend anyone they disagree with. They’ve blocked my tweets as ‘potentially sensitive information’ for summer, and then they suspended my account without explanation this morning, ”he told Fox News. He pledged to take decisive action against Twitter, saying he got the wrong soldier.
Brown also filed an appeal against the suspension of his account, to which an automatic notification from Twitter informed him that his appeal request had been received. Meanwhile, the account was later restored, with Twitter apologizing for the error. Brown’s account was mistakenly labeled as spam, according to Twitter, which has set up a system to discover and delete multiple automated spam accounts en masse. He also indicated that subscriber and subsequent numbers could take up to an hour to return to normal, Fox News reported.
Twitter suspended my account today and later claimed it was a mistake.
This is not the first time they have censored me when I am running for the Senate.
I’m a Purple Heart veteran who fought for our free speech, but Twitter is denying me mine.
RT and follow me to come back even stronger!
– Sam Brown (@CaptainSamBrown) October 4, 2021
Brown’s feud with Twitter began in July, when he claimed his tweet featuring him saluting him in uniform was flagged as “potentially sensitive content.” The candidate attacked Twitter, claiming his post was flagged as “possibly sensitive” because of his face, which was badly burned by an IED explosion while posted to Afghanistan in 2008. Similar warning was placed on his campaign launch video which was posted on the platform. However, a Twitter spokesperson rebuffed the censorship allegations, telling Fox News that these warnings can be turned on or off depending on each user’s account settings.
Donald Trump wants Twitter to reinstate his suspended account
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, former U.S. President Donald Trump, who was banned from Twitter and Facebook following the Jan.6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, has now asked a Florida federal judge to ‘order Twitter and Facebook to reinstate his account. Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google, along with their CEOs, in July, arguing that companies were illegally censoring conservative voices. On October 1, the former US president filed a preliminary injunction in Miami against the microblogging site.