WHAT MAKES THIS REMARK “HATEFUL?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 15, 2018) — On Tuesday, The Post & Email reported that the social media platform Twitter suspended the membership association account of Ordo Militaris Catholicus, an organization founded in August 2016 with the intent of equipping Catholics and other Christians with the means by which to combat radical Islam wherever it poses a threat.
On Tuesday we interviewed the group’s founder, Br. Alexis Bugnolo, after he sent us the tweet which Twitter claimed violated its rules pertaining to “hateful conduct.” The tweet in question criticized UK Prime Minister Theresa May for criminalizing the viewing of online “alt-right” material in her country while, in Bugnolo’s view, allowing “Muslims” to commit a variety of crimes without consequence shielded by “the gimmick of toleration.”
Twitter’s specific rule on “Hateful conduct” begins:
Freedom of expression means little if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. We do not tolerate behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person’s voice. If you see something on Twitter that violates these rules, please report it to us.
When the account was suspended, Twitter offered Ordo Militaris the option of deleting the tweet or filing an appeal, the latter of which became the course of action. During our interview, Bugnolo told The Post & Email that he would not delete the tweet because it did not violate any of Twitter’s stated policies.
On Wednesday morning, Br. Bugnolo informed us that the organization’s Board of Directors had issued, through its separate Twitter account, notice that it was considering legal action against Twitter “for the suspension of @MilitarisCath IF THEY DO NOT CEASE AND DESIST.”
Early Thursday afternoon in the Eastern time zone, Br. Bugnolo informed us that his organization’s Twitter suspension was made permanent by means of the following notice:
In response, Br. Bugnolo described Twitter’s newest action as “vicious” and “a pure lie.” As to his organization’s next steps, he said, “I am seeking legal representation to take legal action.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.