Twitter reportedly took action against Splinter News’s Twitter account after it tweeted the personal cell phone number of White House advisor Stephen Miller. Despite this action, Splinter’s editor-in-chief shared the number, yet again, by retweeting a screenshot with information about Splinter’s temporary Twitter ban.
Throughout the day, Splinter has been promoting its story with Miller’s cell phone number on multiple social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. In one particular tweet, Splinter reportedly posted Miller’s full phone number and instructed people to call him. According to Jon Eiseman, who runs social media for Gizmodo Media Group, Twitter punished Splinter for posting Miller's information by restricting some of the site’s features for 12 hours:
The Splinter account has not tweeted since 12:33 p.m. ET. Eiseman posted the tweet about Splinter’s account at 1:24 p.m. ET.
The tweet was retweeted by the editor-in-chief of Splinter, Aleksander Chan. On his page, he also asked who reported Splinter’s account and tweeted to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to find out “why are u trying to no-platform our website[?]” He also shared a claim that a Splinter writer was locked out of her account for posting information pertaining to Miller’s phone number.
Although Twitter has removed references to the phone number directly posted on the site, the image containing Miller’s phone number, relating to Splinter’s temporary suspension, is still on the site. The Facebook link to the story containing Miller’s phone number is also on Facebook.
A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, “We are aware of this and are taking appropriate action on content that violates our Terms of Service.”
The Media Research Center did not receive responses to requests for comment from Twitter and Facebook.