Fetch. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks at a recordsdata convention relating to the National Defense Authorization Invoice on the U.S. Capitol on September 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Photos)
Unraveling viral disinformation and explaining where it came from, the wound or now now not it’s causing, and what we might maybe honest still end about it.
Getting banned from Twitter has change accurate into a badge of honor for supporters of outmoded President Donald Trump, and now on the least one MAGA midterms candidate is openly taunting Twitter to ban his memoir.
Unfortunately for him, Twitter’s tolerance for misinformation and lies is powerful higher than he expected.
Jackson Lahmeyer, a pastor from Tulsa who is sharp Sen. James Lankford for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma, posted the following tweet to his legit memoir on Thursday:
Lahmeyer without lengthen emailed his supporters to warn them that he had prompted “the left” and would rapidly be in Twitter jail.
“I correct tweeted 5 Politically Fallacious Truths and the Left is losing their minds on Twitter honest now,” Lahmeyer wrote. “With the amount of Leftists reporting the tweet there might maybe be of enterprise I could maybe secure suspended from Twitter and even banned.”
Sadly for Lahmeyer, he hasn’t been banned. Twitter told VICE News that Lahmeyer’s put up “is now now not in violation of the Twitter Principles.”
As an various, Twitter has labeled the tweet as misleading and tiny its reach by preventing users from sharing, liking, or responding to it.
Lahmeyer is clearly desirous to be half of the membership of MAGA figures who bear been banned from Twitter, a membership that contains outmoded President Donald Trump and QAnon-loving Georgia Fetch. Marjorie Taylor-Greene.
The Tulsa pastor, who counts QAnon figurehead Michael Flynn among his supporters, seemingly believes that a Twitter ban would boost his standing in MAGA world and seemingly even fabricate him that most coveted of prizes: a Trump endorsement.
And he needs it. Lahmeyer acknowledged he became as soon as running against Lankford, thought to be among the most conservative Republicans in Congress, in consequence of the senator became as soon as now now not willing to repeat the lies Trump became as soon as spreading about in sort electoral fraud.
That message looked as if it might maybe maybe maybe give him some initial traction, and he became as soon as polling at 21% within the major bustle wait on in October. Nonetheless a pollearlier this month confirmed Lahmeyer polling at correct 8%, a prolonged components on the wait on of Lankford’s 46%.
Ever since Trump became as soon as banned from Twitter within the wake of the Capitol insurrection, his supporters bear extinct the resolution as “proof” there’s an anti-conservative bias on social media platforms. There might maybe be now now not an anti-conservative bias on social media platforms.
Despite having no evidence to wait on up their claims, GOP lawmakers and candidates continue to make exhaust of this deceive rile up their supporters. Lahmeyer promised his followers this week: “When I approach in DC, I will continue to talk the Politically Fallacious TRUTH and tackle Mountainous Tech!”
Earlier this month, Greene had her private Twitter memoir permanently suspended for spreading COVID-19 disinformation. Devour Trump’s ban a year before, the resolution to grab away Greene’s memoir has ended in a backlash in MAGA world.
This week, podcast celeb and misinformation superspreader Joe Rogan launched that he became as soon as joining Twitter various Gettr following Greene’s ban.
Nonetheless like almost about all major figures who criticize Silicon Valley’s resolution-making, Rogan stays on Twitter, where he has gathered nearly 8 million followers. Appropriate 10 days after joining Gettr, Rogan slammed the platform as a “fugazi” operation fueled by “fuckery.”
As for Lahmeyer, he’ll correct ought to clutch a watch at tougher to secure himself banned–and he might maybe be in a region to secure some pointers this weekend when he speaks on the most contemporary installment of the ‘ReAwaken The usa’ conspiracy convention sequence in Phoenix Arizona.
There he’ll allotment the stage with many these that bear been banned permanently from Twitter, including disgraced outmoded nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn, outmoded Nixon adviser Roger Stone, and pillow salesman and election fraud conspiracist Mike Lindell.
He might maybe also take a look at with Eric Trump about getting that precious Trump endorsement.
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