The crackdown against those in the alternative media continued today as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.
Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, Scott Horton, the editor of AntiWar.com and former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren have all been suspended from Twitter.
Today’s suspensions comes after tech giants permanently banned right-wing journalist Alex Jones and his show from their platforms.
Although McAdams’ and Horton’s accounts remain on the platform, they are reportedly unable to tweet.
Scott Horton, Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams have been suspended from Twitter.
If you go to their accounts, you will see their old tweets, but they are prohibited from making new tweets. They were reported by @KatzOnEarth for criticizing his posts. Please complain to Twitter. pic.twitter.com/kaWAqasLKQ
— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) August 6, 2018
RT reports: Horton has been disciplined for the use of improper language against journalist Jonathan M. Katz, he said in a brief statement. McAdams was suspended for retweeting him, he said.
Past tweets in both accounts were available to the public at the time of the writing, unlike the account of Van Buren, which was fully redacted.
Horton and McAdams apparently fell victim of Twitter’s suspension algorithm after objecting to Katz’s quarrel with Van Buren over an earlier interview.
— Phil Brown (@philinexile) August 7, 2018
— 11811 (@kirchin) August 5, 2018
The suspensions come a day after Alex Jones, and his podcast InfoWars, was kicked out from several popular media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube and Spotify.
Silicon Valley giants were harshly criticized by the US political establishment for failing to prevent alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election through their platforms. Critics say the pressured media giants are now engaged in political censorship, using their market dominance and lack of legislated neutrality requirements to target descent voices.