Twitter Takes Down Fox News Host Tweets with Pensacola Shooter Manifesto
Pete Hegseth, co-host of the popular "Fox and Friends" morning show, had tweets removed for sharing the manifesto of Pensacola shooter Mohammed Alshamrani. That's despite the fact, as Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra reports, that "Twitter let mainstream orgs share content that featured the manifestos of the New Zealand & El Paso terrorists to smear Trump."
Originally reported as having been "banned" from Twitter on Saturday, Hegseth's account is working just fine this morning. But a quick look at his Twitter timeline reveals where the "offensive" tweet used to be.
According to the Daily Mail, Hegseth appealed the decision to no avail. He did post a screenshot of the effort, but that no longer appears on his timeline, either. Did Twitter remove that, too? Who knows.
On Friday, Saudi Air Force student Alshamrani killed three people and injured 12 when he opened fire at Navy Station Pensacola. Twitter took down Alshamrani's account after the attack, which was "said to include a lengthy manifesto posted at 4:39am Friday, less than two hours before the shooting."
From the manifesto:
I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil.
I'm not against you for just being American, I don't hate you because [of] your freedoms, I hate you because every day you [are] supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims, but also humanity.
Hegseth shared a screencap of the post, which Twitter then either removed or forced Hegseth to remove himself, probably under threat of a permanent ban. In other words, the guy trying to share information about a terrorist and his motives got pretty much the same treatment from Twitter that the terrorist received. Or as Hegseth himself put it on Sunday, "Big tech does the bidding of the Left, especially to include anyone who speaks truth about the threat of radical Islam."
Other than the apparent takedown notice, there's been no explanation from Twitter about how it has chosen to apply its opaque and often capricious rules.