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Ed and Brian Krassenstein, the twin brothers who have led the anti-Trump online #Resistance with a children’s book and a penchant for responding to almost every single Trump tweet within a matter of seconds, have been permanently suspended from Twitter.
The social media platform says the Krassensteins violated Twitter’s rules regarding fake accounts and buying interactions.
“The Twitter Rules to apply to everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Dot. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”
The Daily Beast reports that at the time of their suspensions, Ed Krassenstein had around 925,000 followers, and Brian Krassenstein had more than 697,000 followers.
In a statement to the Daily Dot, Ed Krassenstein denied buying followers and said that any accounts that Twitter may have said they were tied to them were from previous businesses they ran.
In a Facebook post, Ed Krassenstein also called on Twitter to release any information about the suspensions.
Earlier this month, conservatives accused Brian Krassenstein of abusing Twitter’s terms of service after he called for his followers to mass report pro-Trump meme account Carpe Donktum.
Additional reporting by Alex Thomas.
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H/T the Daily Beast
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.