Tech giant Twitter has permanently banned independent research group Project Veritas founded by James O’Keefe for allegedly violating the company’s rules on sharing “private information” without consent.
This is Twitter’s latest action against conservative views. It was corroborated by a Twitter undercover journalist after obtaining statements by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, where he claims that the company was taking a broad approach to restricting those who question official narratives.
Notably, the decision to ban Project Veritas from the platform came in the wake of a video posted featuring Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen, discussing censorship-related issues.
In the undercover footage released on Wednesday by Project Veritas is an early clip in which several Facebook executives are meeting to discuss the development of censorship-focused tools.
“We have a system that is able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence, sort of in the comments,” Rosen said, the New York Post reported.
In a second video, one Project Veritas employee can be seen confronting Rosen, asking for an explanation for his statements while Rosen was outside his home.
“When you talk about freezing comments containing hate speech, what do you mean by that?” the Veritas employee asks Rosen. “How do you define ‘hate speech?’ Is it just speech that you hate?” he continued.
From its Telegram channel, Project Veritas claimed it was appealing Twitter’s decision to delete its account saying that no one’s privacy had been violated.
According to a CNN Business report on Thursday, “Twitter also confirmed that O’Keefe’s personal account had been locked temporarily for violating the same policy, and that O’Keefe would be required to remove the violative content before regaining permission to tweet.”
In response, O’Keefe claimed it was false that the video contained private information, saying that Twitter had told the organization that it could reinstate its account if it deleted the tweet containing the video.
“In an apparent act of retaliation for daring to question their authority, Twitter responded to our appeal by suspending our account, continuing to tell us that Project Veritas could delete the tweet and have our account reinstated,” O’Keefe said, according to Fox News.
However, Twitter said it had mistakenly communicated “that there would be a way to restore its account and confirmed that the group’s suspension was permanent and final,” according to CNN Business.
In recent weeks, Project Veritas has released images also showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitting that they were excited to be able to work with the Biden administration.
Regarding the censorship of Project Veritas, an email obtained by Fox News indicates that Twitter threatened the group from attacking any effort to circumvent the platform’s censorship by creating new accounts.