Twitter reactivated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell campaign’s account on Friday after the tech giant suspended the campaign for posting a video featuring a gun control activist making profane-laced threats against the GOP lawmaker.
“After multiple appeals from affected users and Leaders McConnell’s team confirming their intent to highlight the threats for public discussion, we have reviewed this case more closely,” Twitter said.
“Going forward, the video will be visible on the service
with a sensitive media interstitial and only in case where the Tweet content
does not otherwise violate the Twitter Rules,” it added.
The campaign celebrated having access to Twitter on Friday.
“Victory!!!” the Team Mitch account tweeted. “Thank you to
EVERYONE for helping #FreeMitch.”
Twitter froze the
“Team Mitch” account after the campaign posted videos protesters
chanting death threats outside McConnell’s home on Sunday, prompting McConnell’s
campaign to slam Twitter for political bias.
“The users were temporarily locked out of their
accounts for a Tweet that violated our violent threats policy, specifically
threats involving physical safety,” a Twitter spokesman said of the situation earlier
The website’s policy states that users cannot share content that includes threats against an individual or group of people, regardless of context.
The decision to unlock the account came after Republican campaign committees, including the Trump campaign, threatened to suspend advertising over the platform’s censorship.
A top official with the Republican National Committee also said the RNC and the Trump campaign would not spend money with Twitter “until they address this disgusting bias.”
President Trump is reportedly planning on crackdown on left-wing social media bias.
According to Politico, the administration is drafting an executive order to address the shadowbanning and censorship of conservative media outlets, thought it is unclear what the order will entail or how it would aim to curb social media bias.
“If the internet is going to be presented as this egalitarian platform and most of Twitter is liberal cesspools of venom, then at least the president wants some fairness in the system,” a White House official told the outlet.