Conservative commentator Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter after posting a tweet criticizing Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and encouraging Michiganders to flout the governor's stay-at-home order, one of the strictest in the nation. Despite protests throughout the state, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order on Thursday extending business closures through May 28.
This is the tweet that got @RealCandaceO banned— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) May 2, 2020
Think about this... Candace is thrown into a digital gulag where she can no longer be heard for telling the people to engage in civil disobedience of unconstitutional & draconian orders by an out of control State Govt#FreeCandace pic.twitter.com/Ex5CCixidO
Twitter users came to the commentator's defense, assailing the social media giant for their brazen double standards and censorship of conservatives during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
??ALERT??— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 2, 2020
Candace Owens has been suspended from Twitter.
Candace tweeted that people in Michigan should go back to work.
What rule did she break?
Not even Twitter can say.
Candace Owens tells people to work and gets cancelled but AOC can tell people *not* to work and all good pic.twitter.com/4tCH3ibUcW
The irony of all this is that Democrat politicians are allowed to freely tell Illegal aliens to disobey our immigration laws right here on twitter but HOW DARE Candace Owens tell Americans to exercise their right to make a living & feed their families #FreeCandace— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) May 2, 2020
Outraged by the silencing of political speech, Twitter users are calling on the government to end the censorship.
Wow! We are living is scary times in America.— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) May 2, 2020
Congress needs to break up these authoritarian tech monopolies or revoke their section 230 platform protections so they can be sued as publishers they are.
They will not stop till every dissenting voice is silenced #FreeCandace
#FreeCandace— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) May 2, 2020
Tech giants are run by uniformly leftwing corporate managers.
We have, FOR YEARS, warned of coming totalitarianism, crushing our 1st amendment rights on these public forums.
The internet was the work of DoD paid for by US taxpayers.
Time for govt intervention. https://t.co/nnvxsjJpck
Twitter user @robbystarbuck said he spoke to Twitter about Owens' suspension. Twitter confirmed Owens was indeed suspended for her tweet about the Michigan stay-at-home order and said they would reinstate Owens' account only if she agreed to delete her tweet.
So I just spoke to Twitter about their suspension of Candace Owens. They say the tweet violates their terms of service because it "tells people to violate the stay at home order in MI". They say they’ll reinstate @RealCandaceO today but only if she deletes the tweet. #FreeCandace— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 2, 2020
The Twitter hashtag #freecandace was trending on Saturday.
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