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Twitter CEO Elon Musk is continuing to make changes on the platform, which includes personal accounts as well. While Musk has unbanned several users, such as former President Donald Trump, he has also begun banning accounts he views as in violation of Twitter’s Terms of Service.
One such account now banned is the violent far-left Antifa collective “Crimethinc,” according to reports.
“The move comes after Antifa members were caught organizing arson attacks against dealerships for Musk’s electric automaker Tesla,” Slay News reported.
Journalist Andy Ngo tweeted: “@crimethinc, an Antifa collective, makes riot guides, texts to radicalize people into criminal militancy, & propaganda that is shared via Twitter for people to distribute. They’ve claimed a number of attacks & give instructions on how to form cells, what riot gear to bring, etc.”
“A year ago, @/crimethinc raised tens of thousands on @GoFundMe via promotion on Twitter. The organizer of that campaign was Shane Becker, a violent extremist who calls for arson attacks & fantasizes about killing people. He instructed comrades to use human body shields at riots,” Ngo added.
He noted further: “Seattle journalist @jasonrantz has written about how violent Antifa militants use Twitter to alert comrades of a real-life physical target in real time. Like myself, Seattle videographers @choeshow & @KatieDaviscourt have been stalked & attacked this way.”
A year ago, @/crimethinc raised tens of thousands on @GoFundMe via promotion on Twitter. The organizer of that campaign was Shane Becker, a violent extremist who calls for arson attacks & fantasizes about killing people. He instructed comrades to use human body shields at riots. pic.twitter.com/hWYWWtPET4
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 25, 2022
Seattle journalist @jasonrantz has written about how violent Antifa militants use Twitter to alert comrades of a real-life physical target in real time. Like myself, Seattle videographers @choeshow & @KatieDaviscourt have been stalked & attacked this way. https://t.co/tXPCWNniiX
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 25, 2022
Musk has become more center-right in recent months since he began pursuing Twitter, which has drawn the ire of the left.
He took a side in the crucial midterm elections in an appeal to “independent” voters ahead of the midterms, asking users to support Republicans for Congress.
“To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” he noted on Twitter.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” he added.
In June, Musk revealed that he voted for then-GOP congressional candidate Mayra Flores in Texas, who won a special election in a historically blue district.
“I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Welcome to the Republican Party! We welcome all walk aways from all walks of life. The party of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom is here to stay. We look forward to working together and building a better future for all of America,” the new Congresswoman responded.
“Elon, is this the first time that has happened with you where you’re receiving massive amounts of hate by the top Democrat leaders (Biden, Sanders, AOC, Warren, etc)? Cause when Obama was running the office he used to support the work Tesla & SpaceX were doing,” one Twitter user said to the CEO, to which he replied, “Yes.”
Flores added: “First and foremost I thank God for the blessing of the opportunity to serve the people of Texas’ 34th Congressional District,” Flores told Fox News Digital in a statement. “I am also grateful to my family for their unwavering love and support throughout this campaign, and to the voters of South Texas for entrusting me to represent them in Washington. I look forward to standing strong for our conservative values of faith, family, and freedom and to earning the opportunity to serve our community further in the months to come.”
He also signaled last week he would support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis if he were to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
“As a reminder, I was a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump,” he wrote.
“But freedom of speech is the bedrock of a strong democracy and must take precedence. My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist. I had hoped that would the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far,” he added.
When another user asked, “Would you support Ron DeSantis in 2024, Elon?” — Musk responded, “Yes,” adding: “But Twitter as a platform must be fair to all.”