Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines was suspended for an outrageous reason.
Twitter alleged that the picture he posted contained “graphic violence or adult content.”
A top Republican’s Twitter was suspended over a hunting photo.
A photo of Republican Sen. Steve Daines hunting with his wife, which he made into his profile picture, got him suspended from Twitter because it allegedly featured “graphic violence or adult content,” according to a screenshot posted by Axios reporter Josh Kraushaar.
The policy says that users cannot “post media that is graphic or share violent or adult nudity and sexual behavior” in video, or in profile or banner images.
The picture which got the senator suspended was a photo of him and his wife, Cindy Daines, with an antelope killed by her. There were only a few drops of blood on the animal’s leg that were impossible to see without clicking on the profile picture and zooming in.
“My wife is a great shot. What can I say?” Daines told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“Ridiculous. My friend @SteveDaines is in @Twitter jail for posting this pic w/ his wife Cindy. If you don’t like hunting, fine, don’t go. But don’t censor others who disagree. And I’m pretty sure this is a formal job responsibility for a senator from Montana!” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote in a post using the #FreeSteveDaines tag.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said that the social media company would amend the policy which caused Daines to lose account access when the issue came to his attention.
“This is being fixed,” the billionaire entrepreneur commented. “Policy against showing blood in profile pic is being amended to ‘clearly showing blood without clicking on the profile pic.’ The intent is to avoid people being forced to see gruesome profile pics.”
“Going forward, Twitter will be broadly accepting of different values, rather than trying to impose its own specific values on the world,” Musk added in a separate post.
Daines’ account was reinstated Tuesday afternoon, and the senator thanked Elon Musk for addressing the issue promptly.
“I am grateful Elon Musk reached out to me to resolve this issue and am glad that he recognizes that free speech is a bedrock of our country, and acted quickly to reinstate my Twitter account after being made aware of its suspension,” he said in a statement on Twitter.
“The initial ban over the profile photo of my wife and me after a successful Montana antelope hunt was disappointing given the fact that it is no different than photos Montanans share on social media every day,” he added. “It’s our Montana way of life and we are proud of it. I am glad Elon Musk recognizes this. The rest of the country benefits from the acceptance of diverse thoughts and values including Montana values.”
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