Twitter Locked David Clarke Out Of His Account After He Seriously Violated These Rules
It doesn't look like a certain Donald Trump supporter will be starting the new year off anymore by threatening "liberal media." On Tuesday, former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's Twitter account was locked temporarily until he deleted a handful of tweets. CNN first reported the story, stating that Clarke's Twitter privileges were temporarily terminated after the platform found that some of his tweets were in direct violation of website's terms of service.
In one tweet, Clarke reportedly told his followers to physically assault the "lying [liberal] media." The now-deleted tweet is pretty stunning as it reportedly said,
According to CNN, Clarke's tweet came with a bizarre gif, too. In this animated gif, CNN said that Trump's face was pasted on a wrestler pinning another wrestler down. "CNN" was superimposed on latter wrestler's face. In the gif, the "Trump" wrestler began violently kicking the other fighter in the head. Soon after Clarke reportedly tweeted this gif, a Twitter user flagged the disturbing content to the website's moderators.
The user, who remains unnamed, said that the website responded by saying, "We have reviewed the account you reported and have locked it because we found it to be in violation of the Twitter Rules." The website shared a link to the mentioned rule and added, "If the account owner complies with our requested actions and stated policies, the account will be unlocked." Though it hasn't been verified, it's possible that Clarke actually retweeted the same gif that Trump did back in July. Trump was not temporarily banned from Twitter after posting this:
Yet, Twitter mentions clearly where it stands when it comes to abusive behavior and physical harm. In its own page on rules and policies, Twitter tells users, "You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people." The website also says,
Once his profile was restored along with his tweet and retweet privileges, Clarke seemed unbothered. He tweeted,
Still going on his diatribe against the "lying liberal media," Clarke tweeted on Sunday, "I keep warning the LYING LIB MEDIA and their liberal goons NOT TO POKE THE DOG because I BITE BACK. They continue to think I will take their DRIVE-BY HIT SMEARS lying down. I WASN’T BUILT TO BACK DOWN. They are not used to THIS conservative’s style of SMASH-MOUTH POLITICS
#MAGA." Clarke also shared a picture of a snarling Rottweiler in his aggressive capslock tweet.
In spite of his Twitter getting temporarily locked and his tweeting privileges taken away, the former Milwaukee sheriff has yet to explain how exactly the "liberal media" is lying.