Twitter mentioned Thursday it had blocked the account of James O’Keefe, the founding father of conservative group Challenge Veritas.
Mr O’Keefe’s account, @JamesOKeefeIII, has been “definitively suspended for violating the Twitter Guidelines of the platform manipulation and spam“Particularly, customers can’t deceive others with pretend accounts or“ artificially amplify or disrupt conversations ”by way of the usage of a number of accounts, a Twitter spokesman mentioned.
In a press release on his web site, Mr O’Keefe mentioned he would file a defamation swimsuit in opposition to Twitter on Monday on his assertion that he had operated false accounts.
“That is false, that is defamatory, and it pays off,” the assertion mentioned.
“Part 230 could have protected them earlier than, nevertheless it is not going to defend them from me,” Mr. O’Keefe, referring to a defend of obligation for social media. That defend, a part of the Federal Communications Decency Act, has develop into a most well-liked goal of lawmakers in each events.
In February, Twitter completely suspended the Challenge Veritas account, saying it had revealed personal data. He additionally briefly blocked Mr. O’Keefe.