Skip to comments.Twitter suspends account that helped incident with Native American man go viral
Posted on 01/21/2019 9:37:38 PM PST by yesthatjallen
Twitter has suspended an account that helped a widely publicized encounter between Catholic high school school students and a Native American man go viral.
CNN Business reported on Monday that Twitter took the step after receiving questions from the news network about the account.
The account, @2020fight, posted a minute-long video of the interaction on Friday night with the caption, "this MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protester at the Indigenous Peoples March."
According to a cached version of the video seen by CNN, the post garnered at least 2.5 million views and at least 14,400 retweets. The network notes that the partial video of the incident had been previously posted on Instagram, but that the caption from @2020fight helped promote it to widespread attention.
@2020fight claims to belong to a California schoolteacher. However its profile photo is of a blogger based in Brazil, according to CNN, which noted that Twitter's guidelines explicitly prohibit "fake and misleading accounts."
"Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter Rules," a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.
The CNN report comes just days after video clips passed around social media appeared to show a group of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky mocking a Native American elder at the Indigenous People's March in Washington, D.C.
The most widely viewed video featured a student, Nick Sandmann, smiling as an Omaha elder, Nathan Phillips, played his drum directly in front of him. Several of the students in the video are wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.
The students were initially accused of harassing Phillips, with many criticizing their actions on social media. The Diocese of Covington condemned the students and apologized for their behavior.
Additional footage and reports emerging later appeared to show that Phillips approached Sandmann after other protesters started hassling the students. It remains unclear whether Phillips was intervening on behalf of either group.
Sandmann said in a statement on Sunday that "misinformation" and "outright lies" were being spread about the encounter. He also said that a group of African-American protestors said "hateful things" in their direction.
"The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him," Sandmann wrote. "I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face."
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) on Sunday voiced support for the students, saying after fuller video emerged that the media had misrepresented the incident.
"In the face of racist and homosexual slurs, the young boys refused to reciprocate or disrespect anyone," Massie said on Twitter. "Even when taunted by homophobic bigots, which was obviously bewildering to them, they insulted no one."
The news media is catching on they just had a ton of eggs dropped on them and they are not going to be happy about it.
Russia just might be fueling the divide..
Welcome to the Real World News Media
Naw, they’ll just pretend it didn’t happen and ignore it.
"...Twitter suspending accounts..."
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Slowly closing the Barn Doors long after a herd of wild Ponies has escaped in the wooded hills.
“@2020fight claims to belong to a California schoolteacher. However its profile photo is of a blogger based in Brazil, according to CNN, which noted that Twitter’s guidelines explicitly prohibit “fake and misleading accounts.”
“Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill. “
I call bulls#!t on this one. I would bet heavily that this WAS a real teacher, and that Twitter is trying to virtue signal this to their followers as Russian collusion, though they are using Brazil, of all places, to push this false narrative.
Twitter gets word the Covington boys might sue, and BOOM they suspend an account (otherwise called ‘destroying evidence’)!
16 families have already signed up to sue.
Kentucky has a statute making it a felony to threaten people online. The DA has already publicly warned that he will prosecute.
What else does Kentucky have? Punitive damages. Meaning no limit to what a local jury could award in damages.
They’re trying to redirect the blame for their blatant lying.
They should indite Bill Kristol & several members of the “controlled opposition” at National Review Online who went after these kids like there was no tomorrow.
Look at this list of notables who can be sued over this.
Notables, members of the media, specifically conspiring to ignore exculpatory evidence and insisting on accusing innocent children of racism. Some are actually calling for them to be murdered. This copy/pasta is being shadowbanned all over Reddit.
Anna Merlan (blue tick), reporter for Gizmodo and Jezebel: Blatantly lied about what the kids said and called for them to be attacked. - Since deleted her Tweet but continues to blame the innocent kids
Jennifer Bendery (blue tick), Senior political writer for The Huffington Post: After objective video evidence refutes the claims and proved the kids innocence, while posting a detailed factual account from a student, she not just dismisses the idea we should hear out their side but libels the students by repeating knowingly false lies about them.
Reza Aslan (blue tick), journalist/writer: Without a hint of irony - “I guess all the kids in MAGA hats shouting ‘build that wall’ was just my imagination.” In response to objective video evidence literally proving the kids he’s attacking never said that. Yes Reza, it’s quite literally in your imagination.
Jack Morrissey (blue tick), Disney producer: Openly advocated murdering school children with a wood chipper because they were harassed by leftist activists after video refuted the claims and proved the boys innocent. Deleted Tweet and set account to private.
Sam Vinograd (blue tick), CNN National Security Analyst: After the story has been thoroughly refuted, after the school itself declared the kids innocent, in reply to the full video refuting her idiocy...she kept lying and attacking the high school students.
Maggie Haberman (blue tick), NYT White House Correspondent and CNN analyst: Knowingly lied about the kids and proceeded to encourage their expulsion for being harassed by left wing idiots.
Alyssa Milano (blue tick), failed C-List actress: After knowing the story was completely refuted, declares that high school children being publicly socially lynched are effectively Klan members.
Jodi Jacobson (blue tick), Editor in Chief of ‘ReWire News’: After video evidence refuted their narrative and proved the kids innocence, goes on a disgusting libelous rant blatantly lying about the students. Full blown lawsuit worthy. I mean flat out lies and claims shit all video evidence counters. Hope she’s sued into the ground.
Rep. John Yarmuth (blue tick), Democrat: Openly advocated for banning MAGA hats, illegally violating the first amendment, over children being harassed while admitting he doesn’t know all the facts yet. This was after video footage proved the boys innocence. When he got called out he backpedaled and attacked Trump supporters.
Andy Ostroy (blue tick), Huffington Post writer: After knowing the claims were false and video evidence defends the boys, libels the high school students and not only declares them racist for things they never did but justifies the black racists who were shouting racist and homophobic slurs as the kids.
Jim Heath (blue tick), Cronkite and Emmy award winning broadcaster: Full DARVO. Not only ignores the video proves the students didn’t do anything but has the absolute assholeness to claim that it’s the kids deflecting after being caught out and that it’s Trumps fault they refuse to apologize.
Eugene Gu (blue tick), fired medical researcher and accused of assault of his ex-girlfriend, famous for being blocked by Trump on Twitter: After video proves the students were innocent and were in fact the ones being harassed by the SJW activists, declares children to be bigots. Hilariously tries to virtue signal for Native Americans by defending Fauxahontas.
Richard Stengel (blue tick), Political analyst for MSNBC: After the entire leftist narrative has been thoroughly refuted, after video proves the students didn’t do anything wrong, comes out attacking the kids and calling them bigots. Blames Trump while declaring these boys toxic.
Bill Bratton (blue tick), Commissioner of the New York City Police Department: A fucking POLICE COMMISSIONER for NYC jumps in after overwhelming objective video evidence proves these young students did absolutely nothing wrong and not only insults children, calls them “privileged” and demands they be expelled but does this in the face of these kids having racist and homophobic slurs thrown at them while they get harassed by activists. This is how he acts over proven innocent teens who weren’t even accused of a crime just because they’re right of Mao, imagine what he does to the due process of conservatives actually facing trial.
Oops. Sorry for the language above. Was a cut and paste from Reddit.
You are fine.
Get the TRUTH OUT!!!
I will guess that this is a throw away account created by a Soros or David Brock organization, created to tweet things exactly like this to inflame left wingers. All this will do is force them to use one of their other 500 disposable accounts. Twitter must be forced to trace this to an IP address or something that can match to an organization.
Omaha elder, Nathan Phillips, a Naive American Indian who speaks with a forked tongue. He should be sued, as he totally lied about the encounter by approaching and trying to provoke the clean-cut kids with MAGA hats. He’s a troublemaker. To the kids credit, they smiled while being provoked by the Indian drummer and the black racists with their “cracker” slurs.
I have become quite jaded.
The presstitutes et al, will never be punished.
Just a CYA, then back to business as usual.
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