Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, has been locked out from Twitter after “violating the social media platform’s rules against posting misleading information about voting. After the founder shared a story about Pennsylvania mail-in voter fraud and asking the question “What’s going on?”, Twitter claimed that his tweets about voter fraud are “misleading.” Hence, came the Charlie Kirk Twitter ban.
What did the Charlie Kirk Tweet read:
“Pennsylvania just rejected 372,000 mail-in ballots. One voter was said to have submitted 11 duplicate ballots Pennsylvania might be the key to winning the White House What’s going on?”
Charlie Kirk’s Twitter account was immediately locked after the post which led the American conservative activist and writer fuming. He said, “Things are constantly changing in the news cycle. Why should Twitter have the power to silence my entire 1.8 million person audience just because a news story changes and I tweeted something that was absolutely and completely widely reported at the time.”
As per ProPublica, 3,72,000 ballot applications were excluded. ProPublica went on to file that one out of every five requests for mail-in ballots were being rejected. It further added, “Many voters who already voted during the June primaries had already checked a box to request a mail-in ballot for the presidential election.”
A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Department said that in spite of the high instance rate of rejected ballot applications, anyone who made raised more than one request “should” eventually receive their ballot. They can also head to the polls on Election Day.
The only blunder that Kirk made was that in spite of putting his point in the form of a question, he mistakenly violated Twitter’s guidelines on sharing or posting misleading information about voting by ignorantly referring to ballot applications as “ballots.”
The social media giant refused to unlock the account and said that the post is misleading. Twitter further added that to activate the account, Kirk will have to delete six tweets about its reporting on 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and only then Charlie Kirk Twitter account ban will be removed.