Jack Posobiec Twitter ban explained: The right-wing activist is in hot water with the social media app, after being caught sharing a disputed (and unverified) New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
However, this isn’t the first time the activist and conspiracy theorist has been banned online. Let’s find out why he can’t keep himself on social media.
Who is Jack Posobiec?
Best known for promoting the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, Jack Posobiec is famously outspoken in his comments on social media platforms, and in his far-right political views.
Posobiec graduated from Temple in 2007, following which he started his career in the military and from there moved on to political activism.
On Twitter and off, Jack Posobiec is best-known for promoting the now-debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory. According to The Independent, he “falsely alleged a Washington pizzeria was the home of a child sex abuse ring that included people such as Hilary Clinton and her then campaign chief John Podesta. The baseless and spurious theory led to a man firing a gun at the pizza joint in 2016.”
However, this isn’t the first time Posobiec’s name has been involved in a scandal.
At a Trump rally held in Washington D.C., Posobiec upset many after waving a sign that said “RAPE MELANIA”. The secret service took the message very seriously, considering it a plan to attack the First Lady. However, Posobiec’s sign turned out to be nothing more than a hoax.
Is Jack Posobiec banned from Twitter?
What is the scoop on Jack Posobiec’s recent Twitter debacle?
On Wednesday, 14 October, The New York Post published an article claiming they had photo and video materials of Hunter Biden that could derail Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. The article claimed these photos were recovered from a laptop forgotten in a computer repair shop in Delaware.
The NY Post goes on to claim that, among the things found on the seized laptop, were allegedly incriminating emails between Hunter Biden and an executive of Ukrainian natural gas producer, Burisma, where Biden served on the board between 2014 – 2019.
The timing of this controversy, a mere three weeks away from the presidential elections, may jog the observant reader’s memory back to a similar scandal meant to shake things up during the November 2016 elections. In fact, some sources are calling this “the new Hillary’s emails“.
How did Posobiec get mixed up in this?
The controversy surrounding Jack Posobiec’s Twitter account seems to be that, when the New York Post story dropped, he scrambled to share the allegedly damning emails and images on his social media feed. However, alerted to the controversy, Twitter and Facebook took action to limit the reach of the disputed article, as it went against their current policy on fact-checking and misinformation.
Caught in the middle of all this, Posobiec’s Twitter account seems to have been suspended for sharing the article in question.
But Jack Posobiec is not the only Twitter user to have been locked out of their account due to the NY Post controversy. Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has also been on a time out from the social media platform due to non-compliance with their misinformation guidelines.
Twitter will allow Jack Posobiec to return to his Twitter account, on the condition he removes the image and takes down the disputed post entirely. Until he does this the access to his account will be limited, meaning he can’t post but can still view others’ Twitter posts and send direct messages.
Not the first time
This isn’t the first time Posobiec has been banned from one of his social media accounts. Back in 2018, Bumble removed Posobiec from their platform after he posted on Lindsey Ledford’s account stating “is @bumble_app still a feminist dating app or the place where white nationalists / nazis go to cheat on their wives?”.
Bumble showed a firm hand when dealing with this statement:
We have yet to see if Posobiec will be allowed to return to either account in the near future.