Prominent conservative pundit booted from Twitter after calling out social media censorship

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Jesse Kelly, a conservative pundit and Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq, is the latest prominent right-of-center figure to be silenced by the social media giant Twitter.

Kelly is a senior contributor to The Federalist and a radio host on Houston’s KPRC 950. He also ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012. On Twitter he had amassed an 80,000-strong following for his fiery, irreverent commentary on the issues of the day, but found his account suspended Sunday evening, with a message that claimed “multiple or repeat violations of the Twitter Rules,” but didn’t cite any examples.​

 

The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra shared that Kelly “has no idea what happened” and “says he never received any messages from Twitter notifying him of any kind of violation of the platform’s terms of service.” Saavedra also reported that a Twitter spokesperson promised to look into the case, but came back with a statement simply that “We have nothing to share on this account.”

Twitter’s apparent failure to give Kelly an explanation for banning him appears to violate the company’s own policies, which promise to “explain which policy or policies they have violated and which content was in violation” to anyone hit with a “permanent suspension.”

Kelly, who warned in August that social media giants’ banning of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was the start of a slippery slope to silencing more mainstream voices, discussed the implications of his case Monday at The Federalist.

“Now, I don’t really care because I’m just going to start a new account and it will be even better than my last one (if that’s possible),” he said. “This isn’t about me. This is about what kind of country we have become and what kind of country we want to be.”

“The American spirit of free speech has been replaced by people who want uncomfortable speech censored,” he lamented. “Nowhere is this more apparent than the social media world.”

Twitter’s move provoked a wave of condemnation from conservatives who attacked both the legitimacy and the consistency of Kelly’s banning, citing cases of hateful and violent speech from non-conservatives Twitter has declined to punish:


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