List of people censored by Twitter

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This is a list of Twitter users whose accounts have been censored by Twitter. Some have been banned permanently while others have been suspended or "shadowbanned" temporarily. Other Twitter users have been censored in other ways.

These lists are organized in reverse chronological order from the date of the censorship takedown.

People permanently banned from Twitter

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  • In March 2018, right-wing site Morgoth's Review had its account permanently banned.
  • On February 13, 2018, Twitter permanently banned US Congressional candidate Paul Nehlen for posting an image where multiracial royal fiancee Meghan Markle's photo was blended with a reconstruction of an ancient Briton, who had been depicted with very dark skin for allegedly left-wing political reasons. The tweet was considered unacceptable, as the image might depict non-Asian minorities in a mocking or negative way, while Nehlen had already been condemned by the Southern Poverty Law Center for encouraging white racial pride.[2]
  • Godfrey Elfwick was banned on July 19, 2017, for "participating in targeted abuse"[3], with the admonition that "Your account will not be restored. Thanks, Twitter".
  • Ricky Vaughn was banned on October 7, 2016, for "violating the Twitter Rules", specifically the "rules around participating in targeted abuse."[4]
  • Pax Dickinson's anonymous account "The Duck" (@jokeocracy) was permanently banned on January 26, 2016 after a series of jokes aimed at several journalists and left-wing activists that were determined to violate Twitter's harassment rules.[7]

People banned and suspended from Twitter

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  • In late 2017, Twitter suspended or terminated multiple accounts of well-known white nationalists after imposing new rules against this type of content. The group Britain First, which documents and protests instances of Muslim group and individual violence in the UK, was banned by Twitter after a post from one of the three blocked accounts was retweeted by President Trump. The accounts of group leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding were also suspended.[8][9]
  • Nick Land's @Outsideness account, a.k.a. Xenosystems, a.k.a. the "Outside In" blog, was reportedly disabled in mid February 2017. It was restored after he made a blog post about the matter.[12]
  • Hunter Avallone's Twitter account was suspended on March 7, 2017. [13]
  • The account @EastwoodUSA - mistaken for but reportedly not actually the account of Clint Eastwood - was suspended on November 9, 2016 shortly after tweeting "Thank you America, I don't have long left to live but now I know the last few years will be great, I can't thank you enough #PresidentTrump" [14] At the same time, Morgan Eastwood, Clint Eastwood's daughter is quoted as claiming that the account was not operated by Clint Eastwood:

STOP POSING AS MY DAD EVERYONE KNOWS HE WOULD NOT KNOW HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA ... Everyone knows this isn’t really his account. I would know.

— Morgan Eastwood, [14]
  • The popular Vladimir Putin parody account @DarthPutinKGB was suspended on May 31, 2016 but reactivated a day later.[18]
  • Journalist Robert Stacy McCain's account @rsmccain was suspended on February 19, 2016 without explanation,[19] prompting the creation of the hashtag #FreeStacy.[20]

People shadowbanned at Twitter

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  • Malik Obama, brother of President Obama, was shadowbanned on October 20, 2016.[23]
  • @HdHammer865 was shadowbanned on October 2, 2016. He also received an email from Twitter notifying him that his account was now locked for "suspicious activities" on October 3, 2016.[24]
  • Scott Adams, the American cartoonist and creator of Dilbert, was shadowbanned on October 1, 2016.[25] He later made numerous additional claims that his account was being throttled[26] and asked his readers to provide screenshots of specific examples.[27]
  • Dragon Award-winning science fiction author Brian Niemeier was shadowbanned on July 29, 2016.[29]

People censored in other ways at Twitter

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  • In late September, 2018, actor James Woods was locked out of his @RealJamesWoods account, prompting tweets and hashtags such as #FreeJamesWoods from other Twitter users.[32]
Notice from Twitter, links to Wikileaks are labeled as "unsafe"
  • Links to the Vox Day blog Vox Popoli were declared "unsafe" by Twitter on September 21, 2016. Numerous people, including Day himself, had their accounts locked for tweeting or retweeting links to his blog.

References

  1. Abrar Al-Heeti (Feb 22, 2018) https://www.cnet.com/news/white-nationalist-jared-taylor-american-renaissance-sues-twitter-for-account-suspension/
  2. saboteur365 blog (Feb 13, 2018) https://saboteur365.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/twitter-permanently-bans-gop-candidate-paul-nehlen-for-meghan-markle-cheddar-man-tweet/ | https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/13/585339969/twitter-bans-gop-contender-for-racist-tweet-targeting-meghan-markle
  3. Vox Day (July 19, 2017). "Adieu, sweet prince". Vox Popoli. Retrieved July 19, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tom Pappert (October 7, 2016). "Ricky Vaughn, Alt Right Twitter Icon, Banned". The Honest Media. Retrieved October 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Mike Isaac (July 20, 2016). "Twitter Bars Milo Yiannopoulos in Wake of Leslie Jones's Reports of Abuse". The New York Times. Retrieved October 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. David McCabe (July 20, 2016). "Twitter permanently bans right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos". The Hill. Retrieved October 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Andrew Auernheimer (February 2016). "Jokeocracy's Twitter Martyrdom". Storify. Retrieved October 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Alexandra Olson (Dec 18, 2017) https://www.yahoo.com/news/twitter-suspends-white-nationalist-accounts-191500166.html
  9. Richard Spillett (Dec 18, 2017) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5191579/Twitter-suspends-Britain-leaders-accounts.html
  10. "Rose McGowan's Twitter account suspended: 'There are powerful forces at work'". Breitbart. Oct 12, 2017. Retrieved Oct 12, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Erin Nyren (Oct 11, 2017). "Rose McGowan's Twitter Account Has Been Suspended". Variety. Retrieved Oct 12, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Blog post (Feb 24, 2017) http://www.xenosystems.net/twitter-cut/
  13. "I've Been Suspended From Twitter!". March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. 14.0 14.1 Chris Perez (November 10, 2016). "'Clint Eastwood' Twitter account suspended after praising Trump". New York Post.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Stephen Gordon (October 12, 2016). "James O'Keefe Blocked From His Twitter Account for Videos About Electoral Corruption". Project Veritas. Retrieved October 12, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. John DiStaso (March 17, 2016). "Project Veritas' O'Keefe turns over videos detailing alleged voter fraud to state officials". WMUR 9. Retrieved October 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Hyacinth Mascarenhas (September 23, 2016). "Twitter briefly suspends 'Instapundit' Glenn Reynolds over 'run them down' tweet during Charlotte riots". International Business Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Krishnadev Calamur (June 1, 2016). "Twitter's Suspension of (and About-Face on) a Parody Account". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Krishnadev Calamur (June 1, 2016). "Prominent Conservative Blogger R.S. McCain Suspended From Twitter". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Robert Stacy McCain (February 20, 2016). "The #FreeStacy Story: Why Was My @rsmccain Account Suspended?". The Other McCain. Retrieved October 18, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Amanda Hess (May 28, 2015). "Why Did Twitter Ban Chuck C. Johnson?". Slate. Retrieved October 13, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Shadowbanned into submission". October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. Claims: http://www.funnyjunk.com/Malik+obama+has+been+shadowbanned/funny-pictures/6065157/
  24. "Gab.AI Exchange". October 19, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. Scott Adams (October 3, 2016). "The Week I Became a Target". Scott Adams Blog.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. (Jan 30, 2017) http://www.inquisitr.com/3935972/dilbert-creator-scott-adams-twitter-shadow-banning/
  27. (Apr 14, 2017) http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159566176596/am-i-shadowbanned-on-twitter
  28. Brett Stevens (August 28, 2016). "Anatomy Of A Twitter Shadow Ban". Amerika. Retrieved October 17, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  29. Brian Niemeier (August 1, 2016). "Unpersoned by Twitter's Deep Shadowban". Brian Niemeier blog.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. Tyler Durden (August 1, 2016). "Is Twitter "Shadow-Banning" Donald Trump?". ZeroHedge. Retrieved October 12, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2016/02/shadowbanned.html
  32. Lawrence Richard (September 24, 2018). "'The Bias Is Real': James Woods Is STILL Banned From Twitter". Retrieved September 30, 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  33. Mac Slavo (Jan 24, 2018) http://sonsoflibertymedia.com/top-democrats-demand-censorship-blame-russia-releasethememo-movement/