CENSORSHIP: @Ricky_Vaughn99 Twitter Account Shadowbanned and Locked (He’s Back Now)
(Update: Ricky is back on Twitter.)
Ricky’s known as being an aggressively outspoken critic of regressive left politics and a proponent of Donald Trump. His @Ricky_Vaughn99 account has been a crucial node of weaponized tweeting and his voice has been influential throughout the Alt Right. I first found out something was up when I received a Crowdfire notification telling me he had unfollowed me on Twitter, which was a bit odd. After visiting his profile, I realized all of the people he had been following before had been completely wiped from his profile. Having been shadowbanned and locked earlier today myself, this was a familiar sight. Anytime somebody’s account is either locked or suspended on Twitter, their following/follower counts tend to be wiped out until they take the steps to unlock the account. Also, none of Ricky’s tweets are currently visible in Twitter’s search results.
While it’s a mystery as to exactly why his account has been locked or suspended, we do know that his last tweet was nearly 11 hours ago which is a little out of character given how prolific the account is. While censorship is still rampant across its platform, Twitter remains a bloody gladiatorial arena for political pundits and average Joes alike.
UPDATE: Ricky has confirmed that his account has been locked by Twitter on his Gab.ai account: https://gab.ai/femfreq/posts/398781
UPDATE: Ricky is back on Twitter.
— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) September 20, 2016
Updates will be posted to this story as they are received.