Several months ago, I speculated why Twitter would suspend the Valdai Club (a milquetoast discussion group that largely centers around economics issues and has a large component of systemic liberals within in).
Now we have an answer. RT:
On Tuesday, Russian media reported that the San Francisco-based microblogging platform had confirmed at least 100 of the bans were of accounts supposedly connected with Russia.
According to a company spokesperson, “some of these accounts disseminated messages that were associated with the Russian government, while the rest of the network focused on undermining confidence in the NATO alliance and its stability.”
One of the accounts targeted belonged to the Valdai Discussion Club. A leading Russian think tank, it hosts an annual event in Sochi, which has attracted dignitaries such as ex-Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, one time Finnish President Tarja Halonen, erstwhile South African President Thabo Mbeki, former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and China’s richest man, Jack Ma.
In addition, according to Twitter, 31 accounts were deleted for being allegedly associated with the “Internet Research Agency,” which some in the West claim is a state-connected hacker factory, and other Russian government structures. The company added that some of these were engaged in criticism of the EU.
Twitter is an American company and it’s long been clear that it is used along with Facebook and Google to push a pro-American geopolitical agenda (in tandem with cultural SJWism), nothing surprising or even fundamentally objectionable about that false pretensions to universal free speech aside, but still, I don’t get why they have it out for the Valdai Club and the people associated with it in particular. Or for how much longer Russia and other self-respecting countries will tolerate this – especially now that there’s laws under which they can be sanctioned or blocked.