Well, it looks like Twitter finally came for Project Veritas and its leader James O’Keefe.
According to Twitter, the Project Veritas account appears to have been suspended and according to reports, O’Keefe has been locked out of his account.
NEW: Project Veritas has been suspended from Twitter pic.twitter.com/DesNZWNAcT
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 11, 2021
The group posted about it on its Facebook page.
“WOW! Twitter has just LOCKED DOWN James O’Keefe’s and the Project Veritas account for reporting on Facebook VP Guy Rosen and his statements that Facebook ‘freezes’ comments in places that algorithms think there ‘may be’ hate speech,” the group said.
The description of the suspension/lockout appears to be because Twitter is claiming that they posted “private information.”
“The account, @Project_Veritas, was permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s private information policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
“The account, @JamesOKeefeIII, was temporarily locked for violating our private information policy. The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet to regain access to their account,” the spokesperson added.
What was the “private information?”
After all their investigative reporting and all the things they’ve broken, what finally apparently stepped on too many toes was a piece calling out Big Tech.
Project Veritas’ Christian Hartsock was asking Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen about footage they allegedly have of him saying that there’s “a system that is able to freeze commenting” when there could be “hate speech.”
Apparently, the excuse for going after them is that they took the video in front of Rosen’s home but according to Project Veritas, the location is never mentioned nor are there any street signs so while it shows a street number on the house, you have no idea where that is.
Project Veritas chief of staff Eric Spracklen told the Washington Examiner that they were appealing the decision and that this was “ridiculous.”
How many times have we seen over the years investigative journalists corralling a subject on the street or at his home and asking for his input on the subject in question? Countless. And you’re going to bag someone’s account for showing the house number? How about even just asking them to blur it before you banned the whole account? The fact that they didn’t even give that option shows that is completely political.
The video shows Rosen talking about the Facebook system.
“We have a system that is able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence. … These are all things we’ve built over the past three-four years as part of our investments into the integrity space, our efforts to protect the election,” Rosen said in the leaked internal Facebook call.
Rosen denied offering comment to Hartsock and was seen walking into the home.
Ironically, Project Veritas Media Relations Manager Mario Balaban told the Daily Caller that neither Facebook nor Instagram have flagged the video or suspended the accounts of O’Keefe or Project Veritas, just Twitter.
While they’re coming down on Project Veritas, the Daily Caller observed that they’ve enforced the rules very unevenly, going after something like this, but then allowing leftist Nikole Hannah-Jones to post a phone number of a reporter from the Free Beacon. She deleted it on her own after two days after the Free Beacon wrote about it. Far more identifying and problematic than a random number on a house with no other identifying information.
As we reported, Project Veritas previously busted Jack Dorsey saying, “We are focused on one account [@realDonaldTrump] right now but this is going to be MUCH BIGGER than just one account & it’s going to go on for much longer…” He clearly wasn’t kidding.
CNN is celebrating the suspension of Project Veritas.
CNN loves censorship. Dornic and his fellow Zucker minions don't give one single damn about press freedoms and free speech other than their own. pic.twitter.com/qPpEFNldXM
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 11, 2021