“This has been reversed and the account has been restored. It takes 24 to 48 hours for the account’s followers to be fully restored, ”the spokesman said.
The company did not elaborate on the reasons for the initial suspension and declined to comment on Stefanik’s remarks. After his reinstatement, Leavitt called the brief suspension “another purge of their ongoing efforts to silence Conservative voices!“”
Stefanik also declined Twitter’s explanation of the suspension during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast late Thursday morning. “They said it was a mistake, but even that only happens to conservatives,” she said.
Twitter’s action, Stefanik added, “is one reason we need to break up Big Tech” and the repeal of Section 230, the 1996 law that provides legal immunity to a wide variety of online businesses.
A timely attack against technology: The cloud of dust comes as Stefanik plays a play to raise leadership positions in the House’s GOP at a time when his leaders are rallying around former President Donald Trump’s attacks on Silicon Valley on allegations his companies are against Conservatives are biased.
And it comes a day after Republicans hammered Facebook’s board of directors to uphold Trump’s suspension from that platform. This could shake the party as it seeks to regain control of Congress in 2022.
Stefanik has been identified as the likely successor to Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming as House No. 3 Republican. Cheney has faced broadsides from Trump and other Republican officials since voting against Trump following its supporters’ deadly attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Quint Forgey contributed to this report.