Twitter is facing the unforeseen consequence of banning a right-wing troll from its platform.
Laura Loomer, a known conspiracy theorist, handcuffed herself to the front door of Twitter’s New York headquarters on Thursday. The stunt was in protest of her ban from the platform last week.
Once handcuffed to the company’s doors, Loomer used a supporter’s Periscope account to broadcast her protest online. She then shouted unsubstantiated claims about the suppression of conservative viewpoints on Twitter using a megaphone.
Loomer was permanently banned from Twitter just one day before Thanksgiving for a tweet attacking U.S. House representative-elect, Ilhan Omar.
In the tweet that got her banned, Loomer hurled Islamophobic epithets toward Omar — a violation of Twitter’s terms of services.
The conspiracy theorist has been fighting with Twitter for a full year, sparked by the removal of her verified blue checkmark from her profile in November 2017.
Right wing provocateurs Alex Jones and his conspiracy website InfoWars, extremist Gavin McInnes and his group Proud Boys, and have all been kicked off Twitter for breaking the platform’s terms of service.
The fact remains that right-wing figures aren’t being banned from Twitter and other online platforms for being conservative. It just so happens that a significant number of right-wing users are not abiding by the terms of service set by the companies that run these internet services.
Following her latest stunt, it certainly seems like the door is closed for an eventual return to Twitter.