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Twitter censors Post Editorial Board member for months

A New York Post Editorial Board member has been blocked by Twitter for months, in what he says is punishment for the paper’s decision to publish Hunter Biden’s hard drive.

“I think they are being spiteful,” said Michael Benjamin, 64. “Like this guy works at The Post and we’re not going to accommodate him no matter what he says.”

Benjamin — a former state Assemblyman and a registered Democratic — was booted from Twitter in March after tweeting a sarcastic quip about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to his 7,200 followers.

“I’m being picked on by Twitter because I work for a conservative news outlet,” he said.

Benjamin landed in Twitter jail on March 13, when he suggested President Biden ramp up support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

Another commenter suggested the United States “wait out” Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine and withhold US aid — prompting Benjamin to sarcastically reply, “Of course, only Ukrainians need die.”

Moments later he was zapped for violating Twitter’s rules against “hateful” conduct.

“Anybody who understands English understands context and what the tweet was about. It wasn’t in any way hateful,” Benjamin said. “Zelensky would probably praise it because I want the US to get more involved in helping his country.”

Appeals to Twitter from Benjamin and an email to their press office went nowhere.

Michael Benjamin could be released from Twitter jail if he deletes the offending tweet, as the company initially demanded of The Post’s Hunter Biden coverage.
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“It was a bizarre misunderstanding of a tweet supporting Ukraine that Twitter’s ‘Karen’ algorithm decided was ‘hateful.’ The suspension is unjustified and the protracted appeal is vindictive. I want the matter rectified,” Benjamin protested to the company in a March 21 email — to no avail.

Benjamin wrote about the Twitter censorship two days later, but the op-ed also went ignored.

Benjamin could be released from Twitter jail if he deletes the offending tweet, as the company initially demanded of The Post’s Hunter Biden coverage — but he has refused.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, so I am not going to apologize,” Benjamin offered defiantly. “When I was in first grade, I told a kid there was no Santa Clause. His mom wanted me to apologize and I said why should I apologize?”

Twitter logo displayed on a phone screen and Russian flag displayed on a screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 1, 2022. (Twitter logo displayed on a phone screen and Russian flag displayed on a screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on March 1, 2022. (
Michael Benjamin landed in Twitter jail on March 13, when he suggested President Biden ramp up support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia.
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Will Chamberlain, an attorney for the non-profit Internet Accountability Project, decried the treatment of Benjamin as “Soviet.”

“Hopefully this is something that Elon Musk will address when he takes over the company,” he said.

Twitter has a long history of selectively enforcing its terms of service against conservatives voices.

A 2018 investigation from the left-leaning Vice confirmed the company did “shadow ban” many prominent conservatives on the site.

President Trump remains blocked from using the platform — but the Taliban and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei can post freely. The company infamously locked out the New York Post in October, 2020 and refused to allow users to share its accurate reporting on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop before the presidential election.

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