- Roger Stone was banned from Twitter in 2017 after attacking journalists on-line.
- He tried to rejoin the platform after Elon Musk’s buy of the location and was banned hours later.
- “I’m anxious to see how strong Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech is,” he mentioned.
Longtime political operative Roger Stone briefly returned to Twitter after being completely suspended – solely to be banned once more hours later, The Daily Beast reported.
“Well bitches I’m back on Twitter,” the shut ally of former President Trump mentioned on Telegram early Thursday. “I’m anxious to see how strong Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech is.”
—Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) April 28, 2022
The Daily Mail reported that Stone was on Twitter from about 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET, gaining about 80 followers earlier than being banned.
“I posted a new account to prove a point,” Stone advised the Daily Beast.”I look forward to whoever made the decision to suspend my account getting fired. Attn: Elon Musk.”
The billionaire mentioned in an announcement he hopes to “make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans,” whereas advocating for absolute free speech.
A spokesperson for Twitter advised The Daily Beast that Stone’s account “was completely suspended for violations of the Twitter Rules, particularly our ban evasion coverage.”
Stone was initially suspended from Twitter in 2017 for focusing on CNN reporters Jake Tapper and Don Lemon and New York Times columnist Charles Blow. The journalists reported on particular counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference within the 2016 election and Stone referred to as it “fake news,” whereas including derogatory slurs.
“The battle against free speech has just begun,” Stone advised Politico after his preliminary ban. “This is a strange way to do business and part and parcel of the systematic effort by the tech left to censor and silence conservative voices.”
In 2019, Stone was sentenced to 40 months in jail on one depend of obstruction, 5 counts of false statements, and one depend of witness tampering for his involvement within the 2016 election however Trump commuted his sentence.
Stone has additionally mentioned that Trump’s Truth Social app, a Twitter various, censored his use of free speech as effectively.
Representatives for Twitter and Stone didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.