The Daily Caller’s White House Correspondent Amber Athey tweeted out this morning that Twitter locked out the publication’s Editor-In-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll after he tweeted “learn to code” to The Daily Show.

Fuzzy blogged on January 26 that people tweeted #LearnToCode memes to laid off journalists at HuffPo, BuzzFeed, and Yahoo! News just as they did a year ago to laid off coal miners.

Two days later, The Wrap’s Jon Levine tweeted that a Twitter source told him that tweeting “learn to code” at laid off journalists is in fact “abusive behavior” and violates the terms of service.

Others spinned the news to Reason’s Robby Soave:

But a spokesperson for Twitter tells me that it’s “more nuanced” than that.

“Twitter is responding to a targeted harassment campaign against specific individuals—a policy that’s long been against the Twitter Rules,” said the spokesperson in an email to Reason.

Welp, it looks like it isn’t “more nuanced” than originally told to Levine. You tweet “learn to code” then you will get locked out. It’s pretty clear cut.

From The Daily Caller:

The Daily Show’s Twitter account made a video game-related joke about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address, ribbing that the president unlocked the “asymmetrical background” achievement by getting Vice President Mike Pence to stand but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remain seated.

“Learn to code,” Ingersoll replied in jest.

The Caller editor received notification from Twitter shortly thereafter indicating that he would have to delete the tweet or remain locked out of his account. Ingersoll’s tweet allegedly “violated the Twitter rules,” according to a review, but Twitter did not say which specific rule or rules had been violated. (RELATED: Two Conservatives Suspended From Twitter — One For Tweeting About Brussels Sprouts)

Here are the screenshots:

Ingersoll decided not to delete the tweet. He chose “to issue an appeal shortly after midnight.” The Daily Caller asked Twitter about the lockout this morning, which led Twitter to send Ingersoll an email two hours later. The social media platform apologized and told him “they had made an ‘error’ by removing access to his account.”

Since “Ingersoll’s tweet was not directed at a laid off journalist and was deemed by Twitter to not be a part of a ‘targeted harassment campaign.'”


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