Conservative activist Candace Owens quoted newly hired New York Times’ writer Sarah Jeong’s anti-white tweets but replaced “white” with “Jewish” to show how such comments would never be tolerated if it was any other race in the crosshairs.
She was immediately suspended from Twitter as a result.
UNREAL! @RealCandaceO has been banned from tweeting for 12 hours because she allegedly violated Twitter terms in service
She tweeted nothing wrong!
And interestingly @sarahjeong hasn’t been banned or suspended
Why was Candace banned?
Because she is a conservative
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 5, 2018
Candace says Twitter said she was “inciting hate.”
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) August 5, 2018
After receiving backlash, Twitter reversed their decision, The Daily Caller reports:
Twitter restored Owen’s access following a sharp backlash. The social media company chalked up Owens’ suspension as an “error.”
“Twitter takes reports of violations of the Twitter Rules very seriously,” Twitter’s support team wrote in an email to Owens, who shared it with TheDCNF. “After reviewing your account, it looks like we made an error.”
“This was our mistake and we’ve apologized to the account owner for the error,” a spokeswoman for Twitter told TheDCNF. The spokesperson did not say whether a human content monitor or an algorithm was responsible for suspending Owens’ account.
It was definitely a mistake, but not in the way they’re describing it. The mistake was showing their anti-white bias.
Owens’ objective in sending out the provocative tweets was to demonstrate what she sees as a racial double standard, she told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview. And she thinks Twitter proved that point beautifully.
“The thing is, I wouldn’t have minded if I was locked out, because I actually agree with Twitter that that language is inappropriate,” Owens said.
“My point in tweeting that and replacing the word with black and Jewish yesterday was to show how different that mentality is when you see it in that context and you see talking about Jewish people and predisposed to burning under the sun or black people saying they should live underground,” she said.
“It’s horrifically racist, but somehow we’ve gotten to a point in society where it’s OK to say the exact same thing about white people, and that’s problematic.”
The tweet is no longer up on her account but her access has been restored.