Roger Stone banned from Twitter, threatens to sue

Roger Stone reportedly wants to sue Twitter because the social network has suspended his account.

The suspension, which happened over the weekend, came ahead of Monday’s big news that Paul Manafort, Stone’s former lobbying business partner and a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, has been indicted on charges of money laundering.

Stone, the Republican consultant and lobbyist, went on a Twitter rant Friday as news of pending indictments in the investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia came trickling in. He slammed journalists including CNN anchors and commentators. For example, Stone reportedly called for Jake Tapper and Don Lemon to be “severely punished” and “confronted, humiliated, mocked and punished,” respectively. His rants included complaints against “fake news” and profanities to refer to Tapper, Lemon, and commentators Ana Navarro and Charles Blow.

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Twitter, which has stepped up its effort to crack down on abuse and harassment on its platform, said it does not comment on specific accounts. But a spokeswoman sent SiliconBeat the following statement Monday:

“In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice,” she wrote. “Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others,” she added.

It is unclear how long Stone’s Twitter account will be down, but Politico reports that Stone said “the battle against free speech has just begun.”

Also according to Politico, Stone said he expected his suspension from Twitter to be brief — “three hours and 22 minutes.” But @RogerJStoneJr continues to be inaccessible Monday. BuzzFeed reports that its unnamed sources say Stone’s ban from Twitter will be permanent.

However, a couple of accounts linked to Stone are still tweeting, including reactions to Monday’s indictment news.


Photo: Roger Stone attends a rally on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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  • Twitter, Facebook and Google behaved like “everything to earn an extra buck”, allowing Russian misinformation, innuendo and hate to spread, so much that it influenced the democratic process of elections. People like Stone and Trump’s campaign team saw no principal objection to beat the Democrats in colluding with the one county that forms a threat too to American democracy and society. Reminds me of Lincoln’s House Divided speech.