Known for its media stunts, the account of ultra-conservative group Project Veritas was suspended by Twitter on Friday. The social network is accused of having disclosed personal information about a Facebook manager.
“Project Veritas’ account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s rules on personal data,” the company said in a statement circulated to several US media.
An account with 700,000 subscribers
The organization, specializing in hidden cameras intended to trap the mainstream media, had published a video the day before where one of its members presented himself in the house of one of the vice-presidents of Facebook, Guy Rosen, in charge of the integrity of the platform, to confront it. According to Twitter, this was private information.
Project Veritas, which also relayed accusations of massive electoral fraud after Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election, had more than 700,000 followers on Twitter before its suspension. The account of the founder of this group, James O’Keefe, was also closed for a few hours for the same reasons, before being reinstated.
Since the murderous assault on Capitol Hill by pro-Trump supporters on Jan.6, Twitter, like other social media giants, has stepped up efforts against disinformation and inflammatory content. Some members of the ultra-conservative right accuse the social network of censorship.