After considerable backlash from conservatives over a tweet that said it was okay to murder NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch’s children to make her change her mind on gun control, Twitter agreed that it did violate the platform’s terms of service and shut down the offending accoTwitterunt.
The original tweet came from Milan Legius who tweeted the following to Loesch on Sunday:
“The only way these people learn is if it affects them directly. So if Dana Loesch has to have her children murdered before she’ll understand, I guess that’s what needs to happen.”
Loesch’s husband Chris reported the tweet to Twitter which responded in an email telling him that “If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,”
Twitter then sent Loesch another email saying that the tweet didn’t violate the site’s rules. “We have reviewed your report carefully and found that there was no violation of the Twitter Rules against abusive behavior,”
That response which Loesch shared with The Daily Caller spurred conservatives to complain to Twitter which then reversed course on Monday explaining that the account had indeed violated Twitter’s rules.
“We have re-reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules,”
“If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked,”
Dana Loesch then tweeted the response she received from Twitter.
An update to the Twitter account which was reported on — after initially claiming that the account didn’t violate TOS, Twitter just notified me that it re-reviewed the account and found it in violation. cc @peterjhasson@JazzShaw pic.twitter.com/7Y77oEiBw2
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 27, 2018
Loesch hopes this puts an end to this particular episode, but Twitter’s initial response is yet another example of their inability to treat all users equally.