Commentator and right-wing Twitter activist Candace Owens has been locked out of her account, she says, over a tweet instructing Michigan residents to violate the state’s lockdown orders issued by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and saying that the police won’t enforce the orders.
The tweet that was flagged by Twitter as having violated the site’s policies was shared on Saturday, after she sent it to several fellow prominent right wing accounts. Owens subsequently sent a statement to the extreme far-right MAGA blog Gateway Pundit.
From her message on Gateway Pundit:
Twitter has locked me out of my account but has decided to omit which of their policies I have violated. Apparently, encouraging citizens to go to work is a violation, but Alexandria Ocasión Cortez encouraging workers to boycott and protest is not.
I stand by my statement about Governor Whitmer acting as a dictator. Both the Sherriff Departments and the citizens, and the state legislature of Michigan are in agreement with me. I will not kowtow to a socialist world order that seeks to limit my constitutional freedom of speech.
Twitter has suspended the account of conservative commentator Candace Owens for the following tweet, without providing her with an explanation.
She is currently appealing the decision. pic.twitter.com/sz1witIDbc
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 2, 2020
If the Social Media Masters ban you for that w/o an explanation, imagine what they’ll do to try to influence the election given their politics!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 2, 2020
RT it you stand with Candace Owens! Chinese Communist Party propaganda accounts reign free to tweet their garbage yet they ban @RealCandaceO.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) May 2, 2020
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 2, 2020
So Laura Loomer and Candace Owens are not allowed to play on Twitters Beach anymore?
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) May 2, 2020
So I just spoke to Twitter about their suspension of Candace Owens. They say the tweet violates their terms of service because it “tells people to violate the stay at home order in MI”. They say they’ll reinstate @RealCandaceO today but only if she deletes the tweet. #FreeCandace
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 2, 2020
Candace Owens just had her posting privileges suspended after telling Michigan residents that they should go back to work.
This is what happens when Twitter doesn’t agree with you.
They should unsuspend her immediately.
RT so they can’t ignore!#FreeCandace
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) May 2, 2020
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 2, 2020
Candace just really likes Hitler. pic.twitter.com/0nkM6bpBw6
— Rafael E Danger (@RafaelEDanger) April 27, 2020