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Twitter temporarily suspends Dean Baker’s account after his “right-wing jerk” article

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Dean Baker’s article is two posts below this post.  Here is an article from CEPR about the suspension. Washington, DC — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) expresses concern at the sudden and disturbing temporary suspension of Dean Baker’s Twitter account today. Baker, who co-founded CEPR with Mark Weisbrot in 1999, and who currently works with CEPR as a senior economist, had his Twitter account, @DeanBaker13, “permanently suspended” without warning earlier today, only to see it reinstated a short time later, but with only a small fraction of the over 66,800 followers it had before it was suspended. Baker was not given any explanation for the suspension other than a boilerplate notification, and had never been warned that he had violated any of Twitter’s rules of

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Dean Baker’s article is two posts below this post. 

Here is an article from CEPR about the suspension.

Washington, DC — The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) expresses concern at the sudden and disturbing temporary suspension of Dean Baker’s Twitter account today. Baker, who co-founded CEPR with Mark Weisbrot in 1999, and who currently works with CEPR as a senior economist, had his Twitter account, @DeanBaker13, “permanently suspended” without warning earlier today, only to see it reinstated a short time later, but with only a small fraction of the over 66,800 followers it had before it was suspended. Baker was not given any explanation for the suspension other than a boilerplate notification, and had never been warned that he had violated any of Twitter’s rules of conduct.

While it may have been due to a technical issue, Baker’s disturbing, temporary suspension follows the removal of some Twitter accounts in recent days that have criticized the company’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk. The Intercept reports that several prominent antifascist accounts have been suspended since Musk took over Twitter at the end of October. Far-right Twitter accounts have been circulating a list of thousands of accounts that they are urging Musk to also suspend.

Baker has repeatedly criticized Musk on his “Beat the Press” blog and elsewhere, including most recently in a November 29 post in which Baker proposed reforms that could help to stop the spread of disinformation, defamation, and promotion of violence. Notably, in this post and in previous writings, Baker has called for the removal of Section 230 protections for social media platforms such as Twitter “that either sell advertising or personal information. This means that the big platforms could be held liable for defamatory material that they circulated over their platform,” Baker wrote. Baker continued to openly criticize Musk and Twitter after Musk purchased the company.

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