Twitter has reportedly suspended the account of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan for allegedly violating its hateful content policy after he attempted to tweet a statement about the border wall on the southern U.S. border, The Federalist is reporting exclusively.
The Federalist‘s Thursday report says that it obtained screenshots that were exclusively shared with the outlet and tell the story. According to these screenshots, Twitter suspended Morgan’s account for attempting to publish a tweet that was supportive of the border wall because it apparently going against its hateful content policy.
The first screenshot showed the offending tweet, which contained an image of the wall being constructed and tagged the accounts of CBP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, read: “.@CBP & @USACEHQ continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country.”
“It’s a fact, walls work,” he added.
The particular part of Twitter’s policy that this tweet supposedly violated, as mentioned in an email from the social media site explaining the suspension, was: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
In breaking down this reason given by Twitter, The Federalist’s Tristan Justice writes that the tweet does not violate any of the guidelines listed in the email.
“As is clear from the banned post’s text,” Justice wrote, “the commissioner did not threaten anyone based on race, national origin, or anything else.”
What makes this suspension odd, though, is that Morgan has tweeted statements with somewhat similar messaging, as Justice pointed out in another area of his article. Most of these tweets cited are Morgan retweeting CBP announcements about significant arrests that it had made.
One of these other tweets, which retweeted one announcement that 12 sex offenders had been arrested, said: “This is @CBP keeping America safe. 12 predators that didn’t make it to our communities!”
Morgan also spoke to The Federalist about this situation.
“If you look at the tweet in question again,” he opined, “every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, and pedophiles from entering our country. It’s just a fact.”
According to him, Twitter never consulted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the wall’s efficacy before suspending him.
He then criticized Twitter, specifically whomever the official was that flagged the tweet, for imposing their ideology on the American people, he claimed.
“I’m sure somebody on that Twitter team has heard that everyone that illegally enters are just good people looking for a better way of life,” he said. “The American people ultimately don’t get to hear the truth because someone at Twitter, based on their own ideology, pushed a button to prevent the truth from coming out.”
As the end of Tristan Justice’s piece nears, citing a DHS report, Justice claims that the reason why border crossings have fallen by 50% since 2019 is because of the wall.
Already, this exclusive story is gaining some traction. Avid anti-censorship advocate, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), for example, tweeted the story on Wednesday and said: “Now @Twitter is suspending law enforcement officials for discussing border security – you can’t make this stuff up”.
You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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