Twitter Suspends Project Veritas After It Exposes Pinterest

June 12th, 2019 5:25 PM

Twitter suspended the account of investigative group Project Veritas after it exposed censorship at Pinterest against pro-lifers. 

According to the pro-life group Live Action, Pinterest “permanently suspended” its account on June 11. This was after Pinterest was exposed by Project Veritas for limiting conservative groups on the platform. A Project Veritas secret investigation quoted a Pinterest insider who revealed how the site censors such content. 

James O’Keefe tweeted on the morning of June 12, “Twitter has decided that investigative journalism is in violation of their terms of service.” He explained that “@Project_Veritas has been temporarily suspended from posting for tweeting internal communications from @Pinterest which show them calling @benshapiro a ‘white supremacist.’”

He included a screenshot of an alert from Twitter staff claiming they violated Twitter’s rules against “posting private information.” The whistleblower who exposed Pinterests’ biased practices was fired according to a Project Veritas staff report on June 11.  

In the initial interview, this whistleblower said, “I think when public policies don’t match with how social media companies are actually implementing them, people have a right to know, people have a right to that transparency.” He later added “one person can make all the difference … one person can bring transparency to big tech.” 

Project Veritas commended the anonymous insider saying he “displayed incredible courage and helped expose one of the largest tech censorship stories of 2019” and encouraged other whistleblowers to come forward.

Later on June 12, Project Veritas announced via tweet that they had been allowed back onto Twitter. 

Human Events commented on the double standards of social media June 12. It criticized Twitter for punishing journalism and deplatforming Project Veritas over whistleblower, and pointing out that platforms like Facebook have leaked a private citizen’s information to liberal media.