How the de-platformed far right far-right responds to being de-platformed - 2018-11-30
Last week Laura Loomer, a far right far-right media personality, got herself permanently banned from Twitter for an Islamophobic tweet about Minnesota representative-elect Ilhan Omar. On Thursday, Loomer responded as any sensible, mature adult removed from a social media site would do, by handcuffing herself to a door of Twitter headquarters in Manhattan. Loomer, who is Jewish, wore a Yellow Star, carried a megaphone and held a sign with one of her tweets printed on it.
"Twitter is upholding Sharia when they ban me for tweeting facts about Sharia law," Loomer yelled early on in a Periscope live stream, continuing the long "provocateur" tradition of not having the foggiest idea what Sharia is. Honestly, you'd think these guys had all got themselves banned from Wikipedia.
Twitter and the police responded well to the incident. Loomer could stay as long as she wanted, the police said, Twitter was not pressing charges. Essentially, they muted her, and Loomer stayed, physically strapped onto Twitter, belting out pronouncements like, "I'm here today to stand in solidarity with the millions of conservatives around the world who have been silenced," making demands like "I want my Twitter," and whining about the cold weather before asking to be wire-cut free.