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Twitter Apologizes for Censoring Coptic Christian Calling Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

In this April 10, 2017 photo, women cry during the funeral for those killed in a Palm Sunday church attack in Alexandria Egypt, at the Mar Amina church. (AP Photo/Samer Abdallah, File)

A Twitter user who was locked out of her account for criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood last week has finally received an apology for the illegitimate ban.

The user, a Coptic Christian doctor, had called the Islamist group out for their acts of terrorism directed at Egypt’s embattled Christian minority.

She reported last Friday that her account had been suspended for 11 hours for a tweet she posted on the 9/11 anniversary that identified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.

https://twitter.com/womaninmedicine/status/1040771786936344577

She complained the following day that she wasn’t getting replies to her emails asking Twitter how her tweet violated their rules.

https://twitter.com/womaninmedicine/status/1041092128208760833

She was then banned from Twitter for a whole week after complaining about her suspension, citing other tweets criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood:

https://twitter.com/SituationO/status/1041629271188549632

Her Twitter suspension received high-profile attention and was even picked up in the Middle East media:

https://twitter.com/Imamofpeace/status/1041915529210941440

But she reports today that her suspension has been lifted and that she has received an apology for the illegitimate ban — though apparently, she hasn’t received an explanation for why it happened.

https://twitter.com/womaninmedicine/status/1042093923387285505

Despite the apology, her Twitter experience continues with some difficulty:

https://twitter.com/womaninmedicine/status/1042126185419956224

Nevertheless, she remains defiant:

https://twitter.com/womaninmedicine/status/1042096214513262592

And as a Coptic Christian, she certainly has legitimate cause to call the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Just last month, the Muslim Brotherhood was sued for the dozens of churches and Christian institutions they burned down in Egypt in August 2013.

I subsequently reported here at PJ Media on visiting some of those burned-out churches in Upper Egypt in April 2014:

But Twitter silencing the voices of those identifying the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is highly problematic, as many of our allies in the Middle East have already designated the group, including Israel:

The intelligence agencies of our European allies are also taking a more critical look at the group’s role in international terrorism:

Other countries around the world are also taking a harder look at the group:

As I reported back in January, the State Department designated two of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s terror wings —Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) and Liwa al-Thawra.

Just last week I noted that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) had renewed calls to designate the Muslim Brotherhood.

Last year, Sen. Cruz introduced a bill in the Senate calling for just that. The House companion bill was sponsored by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

Two months ago, the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security held hearings on the escalation of violence by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The danger of Twitter’s “error” in censoring voices calling the Muslim Brotherhood out for terrorism isn’t just that it runs afoul of realities in the Middle East and the ongoing assessment of European intelligence agencies — analysis diametrically opposed by the U.S. intelligence agencies and corporate news media who continually rise to the defense of the group. It also ignores the State Department’s designation of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s terror wing while simultaneously stifling an ongoing political debate just weeks before the congressional midterm elections.