Twitter bans James O’Keefe, Project Veritas founder, after CNN exposé

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Twitter has permanently suspended the account of James O’Keefe, who founded the activist group, Project Veritas.

Twitter said that the account, @JamesOKeefeIII, was suspended Thursday for violating its rules on platform manipulation and spam, which prohibit users from running fake accounts and using multiple accounts to “artificially amplify or disrupt conversations”.

However, Twitter did not point out any specific infraction.

The suspension came after Project Veritas published undercover footage showing Technical Director at CNN, Charlie Chester exposing how the news network engaged in propaganda, including hyping COVID-19 data, to help stop President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.

The right-wing personality has threatened to drag the social media giant to court over the suspension.

O’Keefe said on his website that he would file a defamation suit over Twitter’s claim that he operated fake accounts.

“This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay.

“Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me,” O’Keefe’s statement read in part.

Section 230 is a piece of Internet legislation in the United States, passed into law as part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, which provides social media platforms legal liability shield.

Project Veritas’ account was suspended in February as Twitter claimed that it leaked private information.

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