“If I wanted America to fail” video goes viral, but Twitter suspends group’s account; Update: Account restored
This weekend, a video produced by Free Market America went live on YouTube — and it is racking up nationwide hits. Deservedly so. The Earth Day-timed message is compelling and extremely relevant this campaign season. As the group writes: “The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism — it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.” Watch:
For some reason still unknown, Twitter suspended the group’s account. They’ve tried to get answers about the cause of the suspension. But no replies. Adam Bitely at NetRightDaily notes:
for some strange reason, Twitter silenced the official account for the new Americans for Limited Government project Free Market America. The account, @FreeMarket_US, went live a few days before Earth Day and was slowly picking up steam.
On Earth Day, the official website for Free Market America was launched and [its] Facebook and Twitter components started to come to life as well. The first video put out by Free Market America, “If I wanted America to fail”, got over 120,000 hits in less than 36 hours!
But you would never know that if you tried to follow the Twitter page–it was suspended by Twitter midway through the day on Earth Day!
After numerous attempts to contact Twitter and see what the story was behind the suspension, we still have received no reason why the account was suspended.
When it comes to using Twitter as a tool for promoting your political cause, you better hope that Twitter approves of your message or else you will be censored. So watch out, you could be next!
We would greatly appreciate if you could help our cause to figure out why Free Market America is being censored. Please Tweet the following message: “Why has @Twitter suspended @FreeMarket_US? #Censorship”
This is just bizarre. The Kill Zimmerman account was left untouched for weeks before finally being taken down.
What is Free Market America guilty of? Advocating free markets. Is that against Twitter terms of service?
I’ll update with any word from Twitter about the suspension. Hopefully, they’ll get back to ALG/Free Market America, resolve whatever issues caused the suspension, and get them back in the Twittersphere.
Update: Results. After conservatives online kicked up a fuss tonight, Free Market America’s Twitter account has been restored. (The official explanation is that the account was the victim of an “automated spam filter.”)
Good for Free Market America.
It does pay to get on Twitter. Every voice counts. And yes, Twitter is a political battlespace. Get on it.
P.S. For those who blithely dismiss the possibility that political censorship on social media sites happens, wake up. I’ve been there, done that, fought that, and won.
And the only way to win is to speak up.
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