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Ocasio-Cortez parody suspended by Twitter—and conservatives are fuming

@AOCPress pretended to be Ocasio Cortez's press office.

Jul 15, 2019, 9:36 am*

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

Twitter on Monday suspended the wildly reductive but extremely popular Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez parody account, @AOCPress, which mocked the Democratic Socialist representative from New York City.

The creator of the account, Michael Morrison, who tweeted at @OfficeofMike, was also suspended from Twitter.

The account posted fake quotes from Ocasio-Cortez, that, on the whole, were both fairly tame and not terribly funny.

 

The suspension upset many conservatives on Twitter because parodying Ocasio-Cortez has become a favorite pastime, as well as because of their ever-present belief they are under siege by the social media giant.

“Twitter claims he violated the rules with creating @AOCPress even though it clearly stated it was a parody account,” wrote Courtney Holland, a content creator for fringe and far-right media startup Culttture.

Twitter tells the Daily Dot that the accounts were suspended for violating its rules.

“While you may use Twitter pseudonymously or as a parody, commentary, or fan account, you may not use misleading account information in order to engage in spammy, abusive, or disruptive behavior, including attempts to manipulate the conversations on Twitter,” a company spokesperson told the Daily Dot.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Twitter says it found “strong signals” that suggest the account’s owners were  “working together to push the same information in a coordinated manner,” which violates the company’s policy on spam.

This account was just one of many, which Twitter has, on occasion, suspended. @AlexandraOcasi6 and @Cortez4Prez2020 were suspended back in January.

The @AOCPress account was clearly identified as parody, and Twitter’s rules on parody seem to allow something like @AOCPress.

Numerous parodies of President Donald Trump exist, like @RealDonalDrumf, which also tweets similar dreck.

Parody accounts exist, too, for Attorney General William Barr, and other notable conservative figures.

https://twitter.com/AGWilliamBarr/status/1123668442735874048

It’s possible that because the account was labeled “press,” Twitter suspended it because of efforts to crack down on misinformation.

This post has been updated.

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*First Published: May 7, 2019, 8:59 am