Twitter lifts O’Keefe ban: Calls exposé ‘harassment’

Twitter lifted its ban of James O’Keefe Thursday after the investigative journalist agreed to delete a tweet exposing potential voter fraud and lewd references by Clinton field organizer Wylie Mao.

  • Twitter banned O’Keefe’s account Wednesday after considering his undercover video to be “harassment”.
  • Ban happened hours before release of a new hidden camera video showing a Clinton ally saying she could use executive action on guns.
  • Twitter spokesman: “We don’t comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but you can review our policy on posting private information.”
  • O’Keefe: Twitter considered his tweet exposing a Clinton staffer for saying he can grab *** and rip up voting registration cards without getting fired as “harassment.”
  • Clinton field organizer Wylie Mao: “I think the bar of acceptable conduct in this campaign is pretty low. To be fired I would have to grab Emma’s *** twice and she would have to complain about it, I would have to sexually harass someone.”
  • Mao: “If I rip up completed [voter registration] forms, like 20 of them, I think I’ll just get reprimanded. I don’t think I would get fired.”
  • Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, CEO in 2015: “Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power.”

(WASHINGTON, DC) Conservative activist James O’Keefe had to delete a tweet critical of a Hillary Clinton staffer Thursday afternoon in order to regain use of his account after it was suspended for a day.

O’Keefe’s account was suspended Wednesday afternoon in the hours before a release of a new hidden camera video which exposed a Clinton ally saying she could use executive action on guns. The Daily Caller reached out to Twitter about the suspension and a spokesman said, “We don’t comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, but you can review our policy on posting private information.”

In a video O’Keefe uploaded to Twitter after his suspension was lifted the reason for his suspension was revealed. O’Keefe said Twitter considered a tweet of his exposing a Clinton staffer for saying he can grab *** and rip up voting registration cards without getting fired as “harassment.”

O’Keefe and one of his Project Veritas journalists had filmed Clinton field organizer Wylie Mao on hidden camera saying, “I think the bar of acceptable conduct in this campaign is pretty low. To be fired I would have to grab Emma’s *** twice and she would have to complain about it, I would have to sexually harass someone.”

Mao also said, “If I rip up completed [voter registration] forms, like 20 of them, I think I’ll just get reprimanded. I don’t think I would get fired.”

The Daily Caller has reached out to Twitter to ask why O’Keefe had to delete a tweet containing factual information in order to regain control of his account. They have not responded by press time.

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has previously said, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression. We stand for speaking truth to power.”

Please contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story.
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