Michael Knowles

Locked Account

Twitter locks Michael Knowles' account for condemning 'Trans Day of Vengeance': Twitter locked Michael Knowles' account for condemning a post that was promoting a Trans Day of Vengeance. He said, "Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, 'Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." https://t.co/M5jvh2fIYu." Twitter flagged the tweet for violating the platform's rules against violent speech. "You may not share abusive content, harass someone, or encourage other people to do so," the notice said, according to screenshots provided by Knowles. In an Instagram post about the incident, Knowles said, "I've been suspended from @twitter for quoting the Bible. Specifically, I quoted a verse urging people not to take vengeance." It appears Twitter censored every post about the Trans Day of Vengeance, even if the post criticized the event. Twitter VP of Trust and Safety Ella Irwin tweeted that "The graphic was reported by a high number of users across our platform yesterday and yes, I'm sure the timing of that was due to heightened sensitivity to the language, given the tragic events in Nashville. We always evaluate tweets driving a sudden spike in user complaints."