Antifa and other groups that burn, loot, and murder in our cities, have no centralized leadership. They rely on twitter and facebook for communication and coordination. They also use them for recruitment. Recruitment on social media, claimed to be a”public square”, lowers defenses of the target. TWTR and FB claim that they attempt to remove bad actors, and these claims add to this effect. It seems that anybody can speak against Antifa recruitment and pro-Antifa incitement right there, on twitter, when and where it happens.
In fact, Twitter purged many conservative and moderate voices from twitter either directly, by deplatforming, shadow-banning, or restricting their speech, or by allowing others to harass them. Also, Twitter used to de-platform users replying to tweets of Antifa / pro-Antifa types under the “targeted harassment” rule, so conservatives and moderates have learnt to give them a wide berth.
Thus, twitter became an Antifa’s communication and coordination center.
Does anybody pay attention? Twitter shuts down fake Antifa accounts, but allows real ones. Fox News: Twitter shuts down fake Antifa account [allegedly] linked to white nationalists, misinformation …
Twitter encouraged Antifa by insulting President and misinterpreting his offer of help to Minneapolis. Twitter also raised doubts about the ability of the federal government to use force to stop burning, looting, and murder.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Jeremiah Ellison, a member of the Minneapolis City Council, a son of his father Keith Ellison, declares his support for ANTIFA:
I hereby declare, officially, my support for ANTIFA
Unless someone can prove to me ANTIFA is behind the burning of black and immigrant owned businesses in my ward, I’ll keep focusing on stopping the white power terrorist THE ARE ACTUALLY ATTACKING US! https://t.co/m6jxtDYmTi
— Jeremiah Ellison (@jeremiah4north) May 31, 2020