Roughly two months after banning Project Veritas, Twitter has permanently suspended the investigative outlet’s founder James O’Keefe.
O’Keefe’s ban came after Project Veritas released undercover video of a CNN staffer bragging about helping Joe Biden win the presidency. “Look what we did, we got Trump out. I am 100 percent going to say it, and I 100 percent believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out,” Project Veritas caught CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester saying.
Chester even admitted that CNN’s anti-Trump coverage amounted to nothing less than propaganda.
In a scene from the undercover video, Chester is heard talking about how CNN “didn’t know anything” about Trump’s health but frequently reported the former president was “neurologically damaged” anyway:
“Yeah, I mean like Trump we did it, like when Trump was-- I don’t know-- like his hand was shaking? Or whatever I think. We brought in so many medical people to all tell a story that like, it was all speculation, that he was, like, neurologically damaged, that he was losing it. He was unfit to, you know, whatever. We were--we were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about. That’s what--I think that’s propaganda, you know?”
In a statement to the Media Research Center, an unnamed Twitter spokesperson said that O’Keefe had been “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam.” The statement continued: “As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, ‘You can’t mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,’ and ‘you can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.’”
O’Keefe reportedly told Forbes he plans to sue Twitter for defamation next week, arguing he never operated any fake accounts. “This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay,” O’Keefe said in a statement posted to his Telegram account. “Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday.”
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