Banks’ official Twitter page ‘unfrozen’
Congressman blasts company, but does not address what led to resumption of activity
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Two weeks after it was put in limbo, the official Twitter account belonging to U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has been “unfrozen.”
Banks posted a video Friday afternoon, stating that “I got my Twitter account back.” The video does not address what steps were taken to obtain the release.
Twitter said it took action because a post by the congressman violated its guidelines.
The specific post by Banks dealt with the appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine, who is transgender, to a top federal position. Banks tweeted, on Oct. 19: “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.”
The standoff that followed appears to have involved a refusal by Banks to remove the tweet -- which, by Twitter’s own actions, was already hidden from public view.
Instead, he used an “unofficial” Twitter account to communicate with the public. Those tweets included a number directly criticizing the social media giant for “censorship.”
Banks’ video posted on Friday expanded on that criticism.
“I’m not the first, I won’t be the last conservative that ‘Big Tech’ tries to silence,” he said, pledging to “lead the fight” to hold the industry accountable for what he described as “censorship of conservative voices.”
Banks’ office released the following statement regarding the matter:
“Twitter was blocking my communications with Hoosiers right before Congress votes on the largest expansion of the federal government since the Great Society. Twitter demanded I delete the tweet if I wanted to participate in a momentous political debate, which is my job, so I did, but I stand by every word in my factual statement.
Twitter provides a crucial platform for elected officials to communicate with voters, which is part of what makes Twitter’s biased and arbitrary censorship so dangerous. Fighting the left’s censorship will remain a priority of mine for as long as I’m in Congress.
I’ll say it again: House Republicans must rein in Big Tech.”
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