UTK Law Professor and USA Today Columnist Glenn Reynolds was suspended from Twitter Thursday morning for tweeting: “Run them down,” in reference to Black Lives Matters supporters surrounding and intimidating drivers on I-277.
Twitter has not released the official reason of Reynolds’s suspension, but the professor believes that it has to do with his tweet, stating:
“Can’t imagine why they’d do that, except that it seems to be happening to a lot of people for no obvious reason. It’s as if, despite assurances to the contrary, Twitter is out to silence voices it disagrees with or something.”
Several have critiqued Reynolds as inciting violence against the protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Reynolds responds:
“I’ve always been a supporter of free speech and peaceful protest. I fully support people protesting police actions, and I’ve been writing in support of greater accountability for police for years.
But riots aren’t peaceful protest. And blocking interstates and trapping people in their cars is not peaceful protest — it’s threatening and dangerous, especially against the background of people rioting, cops being injured, civilian-on-civilian shootings, and so on. I wouldn’t actually aim for people blocking the road, but I wouldn’t stop because I’d fear for my safety, as I think any reasonable person would.”
“Run them down” perhaps didn’t capture this fully, but it’s Twitter, where character limits stand in the way of nuance.
Meanwhile, regarding Twitter: “I don’t even know that this is why I was suspended, as I’ve heard nothing from Twitter at all. They tell users and investors that they don’t censor, but they seem awfully quick to suspend people on one side of the debate and, as people over at Twitchy note, awfully tolerant of outright threats on the other.”
Twitter eventually unsuspended his account on the condition that he delete the tweet.
Reynolds’s account, @Instapundant, continues to serve as a conservative voice on twitter, advocating for free speech and less censorship. The site has recently come under fire for permanently suspending Milo Yiannopoulos’s account, @Nero, for antagonizing Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.
Reynolds has deleted the tweet, but remains vocally against the censorship enforced by the social media network. His account can be found at https://twitter.com/instapundit.