Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, complained on Twitter that this social network has banned a user for sharing a meme generated by using Trump’s presumed opponent, Democrat Joe Biden’s own website.
The account, @alx, belongs to a production administrator for Turning Point USA (TPUSA), who is a Trump supporter, and Parscale has no doubt that this was the real reason for Twitter’s action, rather than any prohibited parody made thanks to what he refers to as Joe Biden’s “moronic avatar generator.”
A parody of @JoeBiden’s moronic avatar generator?
But we know his real crime was being a conservative Trump supporter.
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) April 17, 2020
TPUSA is a non-profit organization founded by Charlie Kirk that states its goals are to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government. The organization’s testimonials feature glowing praise from Donald Trump Jr.
Meanwhile, visitors to @alx account page on Twitter are greeting with the announcement that it had been suspended for violating Twitter Rules.
The only of these that might somehow apply is that dealing with “election integrity” – seeing as how the “butthurt” category is not listed among Twitter rules, though it seems to be enforced.
One of the funnier – even if quite serious, when you think about it – responses to Parscale sharing the news of this latest bout of censorship on Twitter was a variation on the “team Joe meme” featuring Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as another one who is on that team.
This is why pic.twitter.com/yqfbzVsmbm
— Alex Hernandez 🇺🇸 (@ahernandez85b) April 17, 2020
Even politicians weighed in on the matter.
Censorship of conservatives represents an existential threat to free speech, free markets and free elections. @ALX is the latest victim. My bill would amend Section 230 to empower users and hold Big Tech accountable for silencing lawful political speech. https://t.co/najBCS2bFA
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) April 17, 2020
Producer and author Mike Cernovich in the meantime revealed that sharing the meme showing Chinese President Xi Jinping as also being “on Joe’s team” was what got @alx suspended by Twitter.
This was the meme that @alx shared.
Twitter suspended Alex for sharing this joke meme / satire.
Will Twitter suspend the Trump campaign as well? https://t.co/cP4i14RGxv
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 17, 2020
Considering that this satirical imagery was first posted by Trump’s campaign account, Cernovich asks the pertinent question of whether Twitter will now ban that account as well.
As we await the answer to that question going into Twitter’s rules, consistency, and credibility, an army of users on the platform having fun by making and posting variations to the “team Joe meme” is growing at a pace indicating that the Biden campaign idea of putting the thing up on the internet has well and truly backfired.
At this point, maybe it’s Biden’s campaign that Twitter should consider suspending – just to prevent it from doing any more harm to itself.