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Twitter is no stranger to accusations of double standards when it comes to which accounts it suspends and why, but the latest offender appears to have been banned for a few critical Tweets, while many of the individuals who use the platform to publish graphic death threats enjoy full access.

Alt-Right troll and InfoWars commentator Roger Stone was suspended from Twitter on Saturday after he posted a Tweet calling CNN’s Don Lemon a “lying covksucker” and a “dumb piece of shit.”

While Stone’s insults are crude, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange noted that Stone’s comments are nothing compared to the graphic threats both he and Edward Snowden receive on a regular basis.

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From users who wrote “Assange should be killed, executed for putting people at risk with his stupid revelations,” to users who went as far as to say that they would be “happy to pull the trigger on both” Assange and Snowden, there is no shortage of death threats on the platform.

 

Some may argue that because Roger Stone has a verified Twitter account, he was suspended to send a message to his following of Alt-Right trolls that the crude insults must stop. But if that is the case, why does Hillary Clinton strategist Bob Beckel still have a verified Twitter account with nearly 140,000 followers after he openly called for someone to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch” in reference to assassinating Assange?

The calls for Assange’s death are not limited to random Twitter trolls, or even to political strategists who hate WikiLeaks. As The Free Thought Project reported in June, Mediaite Editor John Levine joined the list when he published a hit-piece titled, “The Case For Droning Julian Assange.”

“We can drone Julian Assange,” Levine wrote. In a controlled targeted strike, the United States can blow up the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he currently resides, and put an end to Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks.”

There is also the argument that the Twitter admin who pulled the plug on Stone’s account did it because he believed Stone was publishing “Fake News” or false statements about Don Lemon. If this is true, then it raises the question about why mainstream media outlets such as Lemon’s CNN are allowed to use Twitter to spread false narratives on a daily basis.

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For example, when speaking on the subject of “Trump & Russia,” CNN Anchor Jake Tapper said, “And people in the U.S. Intelligence Community—although Assange denies it—say that Assange has worked, and WikiLeaks has worked with the Russians.”

“With the Russians, yes,” Reporter Pamela Brown replied. “They believe that they are a propaganda arm of the Russian government.”

However, as WikiLeaks noted, President Obama, FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper all explicitly said that there was no evidence of connections between WikiLeaks and the Russian government.

While Twitter is not a government agency, and it does not have any legal obligation to promise free speech to all of its users, each of its users has a choice as to whether they use the platform and who they follow, and as a result, they should be informed about the double standards that are in place.

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.