Twitter temporarily suspended Project Veritas’s account Wednesday after the group published internal documents from Pinterest and alleges that they show the company suppressing a pro-life group.
Project Veritas shared documents Tuesday on Twitter showing that Pinterest monitored Live Action and alleged that it was in attempt to censor the pro-life group. Veritas reported that a whistleblower said a Pinterest staffer allegedly added LiveAction.org to a Pinterest “pornography block list.” LiveAction received an email Tuesday morning announcing that the group had been banned.
Twitter locked Veritas out of its account for tweeting some of the documents. A Twitter employee with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller News Foundation the account violated policies preventing users from publishing ‘other people’s private information.”
Breaking News: Twitter has decided that investigative journalism is in violation of their terms of service – @Project_Veritas has been temporarily suspended from posting for tweeting internal communications from @Pinterest which show them calling @benshapiro a "white supremacist" pic.twitter.com/eJNDWEfanf
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 12, 2019
Breaking News: Twitter has decided that investigative journalism is in violation of their terms of service – @Project_Veritas has been temporarily suspended from posting for tweeting internal communications from @Pinterest which show them calling @benshapiro a “white supremacist” pic.twitter.com/eJNDWEfanf
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) June 12, 2019
“Project Veritas will continue publishing information of national public interest. Twitter should not make news decisions on America’s behalf,” Veritas spokesman Marco Bruno said in a statement to TheDCNF. He also said the tweet, which Veritas has since removed, contained a reference to a Pinterest employee calling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro a “white supremacist.” The Pinterest insider told Veritas that employees inside Pinterest were suppressing content mentioning Shapiro.
Pinterest, for its part, told TheDCNF Tuesday that labeling Live Action content as porn was an accident and that the company intended to take action against the pro-life group for promoting misinformation related to conspiracies and anti-vaccination advice.
This is not the first time a pro-life group has seen its content throttled. Instagram said in May that it inadvertently and incorrectly blocked pro-life group Let Them Live from accessing a feature on the platform that users often use to make content go viral.
Let Them Live’s Instagram posts stopped appearing on numerous hashtags starting on April 18, the group said in a May 15 press statement posted to its Instagram page. The group, which has 15,000 Instagram followers, brought its case directly to the company on April 25 as the group’s engagement rate sagged.
Pinterest did not immediately respond to additional questions from TheDCNF on Wednesday.
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