New York Post columnist, author, investigative journalist and Hoover Institution media fellow Paul Sperry said Twitter suspended his account after he condemned the FBI raid of Trump's home in Mar-A-Lago, Fla.
“This is outrageous censorship,” Sperry told MRC’s Free Speech America. “Yes, Twitter is a private entity, but it has become the [dominant] public town square for political information and debate and it also enjoys a monopoly as the site where government agencies and corporations first post their releases and statements to the press. Denying a veteran working journalist access to this platform restricts my ability to cover events and issue[s].”
Sperry said the suspension occurred after he shared a tweet criticizing the FBI’s raid on Trump’s home in Mar-A-Lago, Fla., which occurred Monday evening. “Funny, don’t remember the FBI raiding Chappaqua or Whitehaven to find the 33,000 potentially classified documents Hillary Clinton deleted. And she was just a former secretary of state, not a former president,” the tweet said, according to a screenshot Sperry shared with the MRC.
The journalist said he received notice from the platform early Tuesday afternoon saying his account was “permanently suspended.” When accounts are suspended, Twitter denies access to tweets and the Twitter feed, prohibiting users from interacting with followers. “No reason, no explanation,” he said, “other than perhaps posting factual content they didn’t like.”
Twitter did not respond to MRC Free Speech America’s request for comment by publication time.