An account parodying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) once again went offline amidst reports of death threats, but one prominent influencer has assured the hiatus will be short-lived.
Over the course of a week, the previously banned and reinstated Twitter account @AOCpress went from relative obscurity to picking up tens of thousands of new followers and, ultimately, to the social media ash heap. At the time of this post, any attempt to view the account presented with the message, “This account doesn’t exist.”
Multiple reports suggested that, despite the frustration voiced by the congresswoman over being parodied, the deactivation had not been committed by the platform as had happened previously, but had been a choice of the account user faced with the vitriol of the left.
“The Left scream about tolerance and acceptance but when a parody [account] hurts their feelz they send death threats. Liberals are the least tolerant people on Earth,” one person commented.
The Left scream about tolerance and acceptance but when a parody acct hurts their feelz they send death threats.
Liberals are the least tolerant people on Earth. @AOCPress
— Spitfire (@DogRightGirl) June 2, 2023
➡️ Once again, the left, known for its tolerance and love, is involved in the matter. The parody account of AOC, @AOCPress, decided to deactivate their account after gaining a substantial number of new followers. Unfortunately, they faced a multitude of death threats, revealing… pic.twitter.com/QrZbxepz0m
— DEL (@delinthecity_) June 2, 2023
Sorry to see @AOCPress delete their account due to the high number of death threats.
Since creating @USMiniTru, I’ve received my fair share of death threats. Several other parody/satire account owners regularly receive the same.
It’s one of the reasons I carry.
— Tony Kinnett (@TheTonus) June 2, 2023
However, any relief that may have been felt by the New York congresswoman was quickly spoiled as, not long after the account was shut down, Twitter user Catturd stepped in with some news that seemed to excite the platform’s owner, billionaire Elon Musk.
“FYI … if you listen to my podcast, you know I wrote many tweets for the @AOCpress parody account. However, I didn’t own or run the account,” Catturd wrote Friday before he previewed an explanation of “what happened and my plans to bring the account back myself, like literally.”
The statement prompted Musk to reply, “I hope it does come back. Was super funny.”
I hope it does come back. Was super funny
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 2, 2023
Ocasio-Cortez had stepped in earlier in the week to decry the account’s existence and said, “FYI there’s a fake account on here impersonating me and going viral. The Twitter CEO has engaged it, boosting visibility. It is releasing false policy statements and gaining spread. I am assessing with my team how to move forward. In the meantime, be careful of what you see.”
Of course, the Representative’s displeasure only triggered a Streisand effect, as the parody account jumped from around 200,000 to 300,000 followers in one day’s time. Under Twitter’s current terms of service, the account was under no violations as it clearly indicated that it was parody in the name and bio.
Some took umbrage with the fact that the length of the name made the parody portion not readily visible because of cropping, and Catturd picked up on that to further irritate leftists set on controlling speech.
“I’ll be glad to put the (parody)in front to solve that problem when I start back up,” he wrote, leaving one user pushing back, “Don’t do that. That’s what pisses off the liberal snowflakes.”
In reply, Catturd admitted, “I know — it just freaks them out when you agree with them.”
I’ll be glad to put the (parody)in front to solve that problem when I start back up.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) June 2, 2023
I know – it just freaks them out when you agree with them
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) June 2, 2023
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