Mocking Beto O’Rourke Can Now Get You Suspended From Twitter

“Not affiliated with Beto or Beto’s failed campaign.”

Twitter has permanently suspended this week an account parodying former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, citing the platform rules forbidding impersonation.

“It has come to our attention that your Twitter account is in violation of the Twitter Rules, specifically the policy on impersonation,” Twitter informed the woman behind the parody account @BetoBlog, who wished to remain anonymous. “Impersonation is pretending to be another entity in order to deceive, and is strictly prohibited. The account has been suspended and will not be restored.”

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The message was made public by conservative Twitter influencer @ComfortablySmug.

The suspension aggravated many commenters, who pointed out Twitter’s double standard in enforcing the “no impersonation” policy.

Not only are there multiple accounts parodying President Donald Trump, these have been previously hailed by some reporters — crushed by the results of 2016 — as a ray of sunlight in gloomy times.

Moreover, there are many parody accounts of other Democratic leaders that remain active, but these, for the most part, are fawning and uncritical.

What made the ban sting even more is the pass many liberal journalists and commentators got this weekend after spewing vitriol (and even threatening violence) at the Covington Catholic School teenagers for an offense they had never actually committed.

While active, @BetoBlog narrated O’Rourke’s journey to pick up the pieces after losing the Senatorial race to Ted Cruz. Mocking the media’s infatuation with the presidential hopeful and his punk-rock past, @BetoBlog posted updates filled with teen angst and pothead wisdom — a blogging style from which the real O’Rourke never shied away

On Tuesday a new Twitter user emerged — @BetoJournals — along with the unequivocal clarification that the account is “not affiliated with Beto or Beto’s failed campaign.”

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