Twitter Bans Candace Owens for 12 Hours But Not Sarah Jeong for Racist Tweets

Natalia Mittelstadt | August 7, 2018 | 1:29pm EDT
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( -- Twitter reinstated the account of conservative Candace Owens, the Turning Point USA communications director, following a backlash for her 12-hour ban from Twitter after she mimicked the racist tweets of the NYT’s recent hire Sarah Jeong but swapped words such as “white” with “black.”

Jeong has a long, well-documented history of anti-white, anti-male, and anti-police tweets.

Jeong was recently hired to The New York Times’s editorial board, but shortly after her hire, tweets from several years ago resurfaced that said, for instance, “#CancelWhitePeople” and, “oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.”


Jeong also tweeted, .@RepDanMode White people have stopped breeding.  You’ll all go extinct soon.  This was my plan all along.  She also tweeted, “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins.”

Despite criticism of Jeong’s tweets, The New York Times is standing by her.


In an attempt to expose the double standard of the New York Times and the left in general, conservative Candace Owens copied Jeong’s tweets but swapped out the words “white” and “men” for “black,” “Jewish” and “women.”

Twitter acted swiftly, banning Owens for 12 hours.  Twitter cited her tweets about Jews as the reason for the ban, according to The Daily Caller.  However, Twitter later reinstated Owens’ account, saying they “made an error.”


Owens then made a video explaining what had happened and said that Twitter and The New York Times were proving her point: “The problem with The New York Times essentially sanctioning her [Jeong’s] behavior is that they are signaling to the rest of the world that racism actually is okay as long as you pick—the—the right race.”

“If people start to believe that the oppressed are allowed to become the oppressors, then we’re gonna be facing a real problem,” said Owens.  “And I think we are facing a real problem in this country.  I think that the racism that I see every day towards white people is absurd, and what I always do is say, ‘What if I was reading this about black people?  How would it make me feel?’  I feel that it’s important that I always use my voice and my platform to defend any group that is being treated that way.”


Owens also mentioned that she is called racist names on Twitter often, but none of those accounts get suspended.  She went on to say that she does not call for those accounts to be banned because of her belief in the First Amendment.

“So I’m glad that Twitter locked me out because it—it really allows us to think about this more and to think about what in their algorithms makes them think that that tweet is wrong when you use the word ‘Jewish’ and ‘black’ but it’s okay when you use the word ‘white.’”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has been vocal about bringing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey before Congress to discuss its “shadow banning” of conservatives (which means censoring their accounts without their knowledge), retweeted Owens’ tweet after she was reinstated on Twitter.


“This gets to the core of conservatives’ concerns,” said McCarthy. “Public officials and/or popular accounts can rectify these opaque actions, but how many conservatives out there face similar action without available recourse?  As today’s public square, we need transparency.  #StopTheBias.”

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