Breitbart London Editor in Chief Raheem Kassam has sailed past the 100,000 Twitter follower mark following a campaign to have him removed from the social media service.
Kassam — who riled up left-wing Twitter users and found himself on a left wing target list — went into 2018 with around 80,000 followers, which has quickly risen following the attacks on him.
Kassam’s Twitter suspension is due to be lifted in:
Commenting on the matter, the No Go Zones author said: “The political left never misses an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot, I look forward to returning with an additional 20,000 followers and a lot more Facebook and Patreon subscribers. Thanks, guys!”
Twitter has offered no explanation for the suspension, nor have they responded to dozens of requests for further information from Kassam and other parties.
Left-wing activists Mike Stuchbery, as well as the “Resisting Hate” group, celebrated the suspension, failing to realise they had created more attention for Kassam and Breitbart London in the aftermath.
Kassam pointed out Twitter’s hypocrisy in enforcing their “rules” last week, telling the Breitbart News Daily radio audience on Sirius XM Patriot: “I’ve been put in the Twitter Gulag. This comes just a couple of days after James O’Keefe and Project Veritas revealed hidden camera footage from discussions they had had with Twitter engineers saying they do indeed shadowban conservatives, they store up people’s direct messages — the Twitter stock price falling on the back of that.
“I actually tweeted about that in a fit of prescience five days ago: ‘I think Twitter is about to ban me’… and guess what happened. Banned. This is the brave new world in which we live.”
The news came shortly before Fox News anchor Sean Hannity’s own Twitter account disappeared for a number of hours, raising concerns that Twitter’s long-standing “shadow-banning” policy had now become an open and flagrant attempt to silence conservative voices.
A Twitter spokesman did respond to Breitbart News in this instance, stating: “While we normally do not discuss individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons, we have permission from the account owner to confirm that account was briefly compromised. We are working with the owner to restore access.”