Arizona GOP candidate’s Twitter account restored after Musk tweeted he was “seeking” suspension
Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State in Arizonatweeted on Monday that his Twitter account was temporarily suspended and then restored after new owner Elon Musk said he was “looking into” the incident.
“Twitter has blocked my account for speaking the truth with one week left until the election,” Finchem wrote on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon.
Jenna Ellis, a former counselor to Donald Trumptweeted Musk, saying Finchem’s account has been placed in “read-only mode,” meaning his timeline is still visible, but he can’t tweet or like posts.
Musk, who closed the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter last week, he replied that he was “looking for” the suspension, and Finchem’s account was restored within an hour.
Twitter did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The platform says it will put an account in “read-only mode” for 12 hours to seven days if it “appears that an otherwise healthy account is in the midst of an abusive episode.”
Finchem, a state representative who has repeatedly denied the legitimacy of the 2020 elections, is running against Democrat Adrian Fontes.
It’s not the first time Musk intervened personally in a decision to strengthen on Twitter.
On Friday, @Rainmaker1973, an account with nearly 70,000 followers that frequently tweets about science, said its account had been suspended for posting “non-consensual nudity,” even though the reported tweet was only about to the expansion of the universe.
Musk responded later that day that he was looking into the issue.
“Sorry about that,” Musk tweeted. “Looking as soon as possible!”
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