FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Articles of Unity
Twitter engages in voter suppression by censoring a coalition of private citizens from speaking about a Unity ticket for the Nov 3rd Presidential election.
Abraham Lincoln resolved “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” Unity2020 is a Presidential Draft organized by a coalition of citizens who believe our nation is in peril, and that the two major political parties have each presented presidential candidates who are unfit to lead the country. Our Unity Ticket is designed to draw equally from both parties, as well as to activate non-voters. We have a ballot access plan that poses a credible threat to the establishment, should we succeed.
Pursuant to this mission, hundreds of Unity2020 members tweeted #JustSayNoToDonaldAndJoe during the final night of the RNC on August 27th. The hashtag struck a chord, exploding in popularity among thousands of additional Twitter users who joined in the discussion. At its peak, Twitter reported “13.9k others are tweeting about this,” and our message was making an impression on nearly one hundred thousand Twitter users. The hashtag was trending, and drove an unprecedented spike in traffic to the Unity2020 website, at ArticlesOfUnity.org.
Abruptly, Twitter banned links to ArticlesOfUnity.org and suspended the accounts of many Unity2020 members. This suspension included the Unity2020 Twitter handle @ArticlesOfUnity, which has 25.5k followers. We conducted a thorough internal audit and found nothing that would substantiate our suspension. To date, Twitter has offered no public explanation for these actions despite a large outcry against this apparently flagrant act of censorship. Notably, Twitter has given millions of dollars in donations to political causes and is routinely accused of censoring messages for political reasons, particularly views that challenge the political establishment.
Two days after Twitter’s censure of Unity2020, Eric Weinstein reportedhe was speaking directly with Twitter Co-Founder and CEO Jack Dorsey about the matter. Twitter has since unblocked the ArticlesOfUnity.org link from being shared, but continues to flag the link as suspicious in private messages and deboosts any tweets that link to the website. Furthermore, many suspensions remain in effect, including the official @ArticlesOfUnity Twitter account and the individual accounts of Americans who support the Unity2020 movement. We view this peculiar, partial reversal as an admission of overreach, and we call on Twitter to immediately lift all restrictions and to give a detailed public explanation as to why they took place and ensure that this does not happen to those who challenge the political status quo moving forward. Follow @AoUHistory for a record of censored tweets.