Andy Ngo
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5244

Twitter locked independent journalist’s account for reporting on “Trans Day of Vengeance”: The Post Millennial reported that Andy Ngo’s account was among those locked by Twitter the morning of March 28 for reporting on a protest planned by Antifa and a transgender activist group this week, the “Trans Day of Vengeance.” The Post Millennial’s account was also locked until it deleted its tweet, which supposedly violated Twitter’s “violent speech” policy. The Post Millennial quoted Ngo’s comments on his account being locked. “Reporting on a violent extremist event is not the same as inciting violence," Ngo stated. "I've been locked out while the organizers and promoters of the event, Our Rights DC, is still on Twitter.” Ngo regularly reports on Antifa violence. Post Millennial said two of Ngo’s March 27 tweets were targeted, including one that had an image of the event poster and said, “The Antifa group organizing the 'Trans Day of Vengeance' outside the Supreme Court has locked down its Twitter account following the deadly mass shooting on a Christian school in Nashville by a trans shooter.” The other tweet included the event poster and said, “In recent months, rhetoric about carrying our 'revenge' & 'vengeance' on society for some states restricting the medical transitioning of minors has surged. Through my reporting on Antifa, I've long observed that disproportionate numbers of violent Antifa members are trans. Still, their rhetoric has become more openly violent recently as they feel emboldened by Democrats & the mainstream left.” According to The Post Millennial, Twitter sent Ngo the email message, “Your account has been locked for violating Twitter Rules. Specifically, for: Violating our rules against Violent Speech Policy.” The outlet included screenshots of Ngo’s tweets. Twitter VP of Trust and Safety Ella Irwin tweeted that the platform "had to automatically sweep our platform and remove >5000 tweets /retweets of this poster. We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. ‘Vengeance’ does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok."

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