Republican Senate candidate and wounded veteran Sam Brown’s Twitter feed was shut down allegedly “by mistake.”
The retired Army Captain is firing back at Twitter after he woke up recently to discover that his account was “permanently suspended,” which Twitter has since acknowledged was an error.
“Big Tech is waging an all-out attack on conservative voices — using unequally applied ‘rules’ to censor or suspend anyone they disagree with,” Brown told Fox News in an exclusive statement. “This summer, they censored my tweets as ‘potentially sensitive content.’ This morning, they suspended my account without warning or cause.”
Brown is running in the Republican primary in Nevada, hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in 2022.
The candidate filed an appeal to Twitter’s decision without being told what tweets prompted such punishment. Twitter responded with an automatic email informing him his appeal request was received. His account was suspended for several hours.
“Big Tech knows their days of one-sided censorship and divisive influence are numbered with conservative voices like me in the Senate,” Brown said. “I will not back down from this fight – Twitter has messed with the wrong soldier.”
His account was down for about 2 hours.
He was unceremoniously and unapologetically informed of the suspension via an email that said, “We’re writing to let you know that we’ve unsuspended your account. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see you back on Twitter soon.”
A later follow-up email said, “A little back background: we have systems that find and remove multiple automated spam accounts in bulk, and yours was flagged as spam by mistake. Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.”
“As someone who has been targeted multiple times by Twitter’s censorship regime, this issue is now personal to me: it’s clear that decisive action must be taken immediately to rein in Big Tech and the partisan elites who run them,” Brown told Fox News.
Twitter did not respond to Fox News’ or other outlets’ multiple requests for comment.
This is not the first time Brown has duked it out with the social media platform. The Afghan war vet’s contentious interactions with Twitter began in July when he accused the platform of flagging his Fourth of July tweet of him saluting in uniform as “potentially sensitive content.”
The candidate slammed Twitter, suggesting his tweet was marked as “potentially sensitive” because of his face, which was severely burned from an IED explosion during his 2008 deployment to Afghanistan. His campaign launch video shared in September was similarly hit with a warning label.