Amid the news that billionaire Elon Musk has decided not to join the Twitter board of directors after becoming the company’s biggest shareholder, a purchase that was driven at least in part by free speech concerns, the social media platform remains busy flexing its authoritarian muscle with users who say the wrong thing.
Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her, is the latest recipient of punishment from Twitter, being banned from the platform for a tweet posted on Saturday challenging the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
“When will this vaccine crap be over? Big Pharma has profited enough for the next hundred years. Stop pushing vaccines that don’t work and alter DNA,” Broaddrick said in the tweet, according to a screenshot of the offending tweet.
News of the ban comes the same day conservative personality Jack Posobiec was temporarily locked out of his Twitter account for calling Disney “groomers,” the tweet being in response to all the media uproar over Florida’s parental rights bill the left have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, but more accurately might be called the “Don’t Talk About Sex to Children” bill.
Broaddrick provided to Fox News an email from Twitter announcing the suspension of her account for “violating the policy on spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.”
Twitter suggested in the statement that Broaddrick delete the tweet if she wanted to have her access restored.
“We understand that during times of crisis and instability, it is difficult to know what to do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Under this policy, we require the removal of content that may pose a risk to people’s health, including content that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information,” the company said, according to Fox News.
Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell responded to Posobiec being put in Twitter jail by expressing doubt that Musk can save the social media network.
“I don’t think Twitter can be saved. @elonmusk doesn’t have enough time to fix their problems. It’s going down hill fast,” he tweeted.
Interestingly, Musk proposed some key changes to the platform over the weekend and shared a list of the top 10 most followed accounts that “rarely tweet and post very little content,” asking: “Is Twitter dying?”
If so, the executives are going to go out with guns blazing it seems.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 11, 2022
People should not be suspended on Twitter for expressing their opinions, bring Juanita Broaddrick back!
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) April 11, 2022
— PlayTheTrumpCard ⚡️ Trump 2024 (@PlaysTrumpCard) April 11, 2022
Juanita Broaddrick has been suspended, but her rapist remains on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/vUOoiMHNkb
— Amanda Jean (@AJAmmirabilis) April 11, 2022
I stand with #Babylonbee.
I stand with @atensnut, Juanita Broaddrick.
I stand with any other conservative voice that was banned by @Twitter because they told the truth.
I don’t know if @elonmusk can help us all, but something’s got to give.
— Zeek Arkham, The Notorious C.O.P. (@ZeekArkham) April 11, 2022
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