Twitter Censors Michelle Malkin for Advocating Force to Deal With Violent Criminals

By Rob Shimshock | June 4, 2020 | 10:56am EDT
Conservative author Michelle Malkin speaks on Fox News about previous censorship on Facebook. (Photo credit: YouTube/Fox News)
Conservative author Michelle Malkin speaks on Fox News about previous censorship on Facebook. (Photo credit: YouTube/Fox News)

Twitter locked the account of Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, after the conservative author and columnist suggested the use of force on violent criminals.

"In case I wasn't clear: violent criminals should be shot," Malkin said Friday, amid the nationwide riots during which individuals associated with Black Lives Matter and Antifa burned and looted stores and other buildings, including St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.

The Big Tech giant said that the commentator's tweet had violated its abuse and harassment policy, specifically telling Malkin that users "may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. This includes wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm."

Malkin's comment is not dissimilar from sentiments expressed by some in law enforcement.

"The people of Polk County like guns, they have guns," Polk County, Fla. Sheriff Grady Judd said, reported Fox 13 Tampa Bay. "If you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”

But Twitter stipulated that in order for the new Newsmax TV host to regain full access to her account, which boasts more than two million followers, she must delete the tweet in question and then wait 12 hours.

A spokesman for the company told that "the account was temporarily locked out for a Tweet that violates our violent threats policy."

The spokesman also said that the account of an individual urging people to "take out cops," to which Malkin had previously called attention, was also suspended.

In her appeal to Twitter, the author said she is "an advocate for PEACE. There is nothing abusive or harassing about asserting that violent criminal behavior should be punished and deterred."

"Every day, Twitter allows Antifa to doxx and harass journalists and Trump supporters," Malkin told National File. "Every day, Twitter allows BLM agitators to incite escalating violence against cops."

"Twitter makes no moral distinction between armed self-defense against violent criminals and proactive terrorist threats against law enforcement officers doing their jobs," she posted on Telegram.

Indeed, a cursory search of the site reveals other tweets suggesting the use of violence against law enforcement.

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Additionally, tweets from individuals urging other criminal activity remain live, including ones reported by Campus Reform from University of Alabama-Birmingham professor Sarah Parcak instructing people on how to tear down "racist monuments," which have together accrued more than 100,000 "likes."

Twitter's move against Malkin, whose columns run Wednesdays on, comes a week after President Donald Trump issued an executive order aimed at punishing social media platforms that receive federal taxpayer dollars and protection under Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act while censoring speech on political lines.

The Big Tech company warned Malkin and others in 2019 about content they had posted that was apparently in violation of Pakistani Sharia law, urging them that they "may wish to consult legal counsel about this matter,” reported Breitbart News

Rob Shimshock is the Commentary Editor at He has covered education, culture, media, technology, and politics for a variety of national outlets, hosted the Campus Unmasked YouTube show, and was named to The Washington Examiner's "30 Under 30" list. Shimshock graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Media Studies.

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