Twitter did two of their favorite things on Sunday: Suspended a conservative Twitter account and then claimed that it was an “error” after they were hit with backlash.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter on Sunday morning after imitating New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong’s anti-white tweets. After Twitter faced enough backlash, Owens’ account was restored.
Owens, who is the communications director for Turning Point USA, sent out a pair of tweets on Saturday where she quoted the anti-white statements of Jeong, but instead of “white” she used “Jewish” and “black.” Keep in mind, Jeong did not get suspended for the original comments.
On Sunday Owens was suspended for 12 hours, calling her tweet about Jewish people a Twitter violation.
After a strong backlash, Owens’ account was reinstated. Twitter called it “an error.”
Per Daily Caller:
“Twitter takes reports of violations of the Twitter Rules very seriously,” Twitter’s support team wrote in an email to Owens, who shared it with TheDCNF. “After reviewing your account, it looks like we made an error.”
“This was our mistake and we’ve apologized to the account owner for the error,” a spokeswoman for Twitter told TheDCNF. The spokesperson did not say whether a human content monitor or an algorithm was responsible for suspending Owens’ account.
Why was Owens sending out these tweets? To illustrate the racial double standard that exists.
“The thing is, I wouldn’t have minded if I was locked out, because I actually agree with Twitter that that language is inappropriate,” Owens said.
“My point in tweeting that and replacing the word with black and Jewish yesterday was to show how different that mentality is when you see it in that context and you see talking about Jewish people and predisposed to burning under the sun or black people saying they should live underground,” she said.
“It’s horrifically racist, but somehow we’ve gotten to a point in society where it’s OK to say the exact same thing about white people, and that’s problematic.”
The freedom of speech regulation by Twitter is constantly under fire since they have suppressed so many prominent conservatives.
Owens addressed her Twitter followers with a video on racism in America:
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 5, 2018