op-ed, Social Media Censorship

At Townhall: Twitter’s Inconsistent Standards in Deleting Tweets from Trump to Kaepernick

3 Jun , 2020  

The political bias by social media has continued. At the Crime Prevention Research Center, we have dealt with social media bias direction many times (see here for some of our posts). Here is Dr. John Lott’s latest piece on political bias by Twitter.

Twitter is not letting the battle of ideas proceed without tipping the scale towards liberals. 



At Townhall: Twitter’s Warning Label on Trump’s Tweet is Wrong

28 May , 2020  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall about Twitter’s new policy to warn readers that they think that Trump’s tweet contained wrong information. Unfortunately, Twitter is the one who got the information wrong.

Twitter is no longer willing to just let President Trump and his critics battle things out on their own.

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YouTube Censorship: Claims a brief example that we posted of Television show bias violates their Community Guidelines

18 May , 2020  

Blue Bloods, CBS, Season 10, Episode 12, January 10, 2020

In January, we posted a brief eleven second video from the CBS show Blue Bloods. The show made the false claim that police commit suicides at high rates because they have “easy access to guns,” and we provided the clip as yet another example of the misleading information provided about guns on television shows.…


UPDATED: Twitter blocks the CPRC account and deletes all our Twitter followers, supposedly for abusive behavior, but no explanation is offered, Twitter has offered us a temporary reprieve

20 Sep , 2019  

UPDATE: The block on our account has been at least temporarily lifted.

Original: Twitter has again blocked our account, this time doing the equivalent of the Twitter death penalty, blocking our account and removing all our 4,700 Twitter followers. Below is the response that we received from Twitter, but the response makes it look as if we objected to our own account.…


At Townhall.com: Twitter’s Political Bias

31 Aug , 2019  

Here are the two important paragraphs in Dr. John Lott’s latest post.

Twitter offered to unlock the accounts if I agree to a post saying that “your Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.” But Twitter refuses to explain why they locked our accounts when they treated liberals’ accounts differently.



At the New York Daily News: Twitter’s debate-chilling problem: The social media site’s arbitrary policies allow foreign nations to censor American — often without explanation

16 Aug , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the New York Daily News about Twitter locking the CPRC Twitter account.

I am the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, whose account Twitter locked because it tweeted a link to a Daily News article that I wrote about Twitter locking my personalaccount.



National Review discusses Twitter locking John Lott’s account

5 Aug , 2019  

John Fund at National Review discusses Twitter locking Dr. John Lott’s account:

Last March, John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of the book More Guns, Less Crime, sent out this tweet trying to debunk claims that the Christchurch shooter was a right-winger.

New Zealand killer’s manifesto says that he did attack to get more gun control/gun bans in New Zealand and the US, Killer was a socialist, environmentalist who hated capitalists and trade.



Twitter has now locked the Crime Prevention Research Center account for Tweeting about the El Paso WalMart shooter, won’t explain

5 Aug , 2019  

First, Twitter blocked John Lott’s account because of a post about the New Zealand mosque killer, and now they have locked the Crime Prevention Research Center’s account. Again, they have blocked this account for a similar reason — explaining that the killer had views different from what was being reported in the media — and again, Twitter has done this without an explanation for its decision.…


Twitter’s censoring tweets for pointing out New Zealand killer was a left-wing environmentalist

26 Jul , 2019   Video

Dr. John Lott talked to Gavin McGinnis in FreeSpeechTV about how Twitter locked Lott’s account for tweeting factual statements about the New Zealand killer. For more information see here, here, and here.

(Gavin McGinnis’ Get off My Lawn, July 15, 2019)


In the New York Daily News: Punished for tweeting the truth

11 Jul , 2019  

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at the New York Daily News. The piece starts this way:

Twitter has locked my account. I can’t post anything or read messages from other users. The reason? In March, I tweeted that the perpetrator of the New Zealand mosque shooting was “a socialist, environmentalist, who hates capitalists & free trade.”