According to The Wrap, the Twitter account of Project Veritas, an undercover journalism group, was locked down for exposing private information after one of their reporters confronted Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen about allegations of censorship. James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, was locked out of his account as well.
Ostensibly, the specific offense that got Project Veritas booted from the platform was revealing the house number of Rosen’s home in a video. Project Veritas reporter Christian Hartsock had caught Rosen outside his place and had tried to ask several questions on camera, during which Rosen's house number could be seen in the frame. Rosen pointedly ignored him and went inside. Hartsock’s inquiries were about a system in Facebook that Rosen once described as being ”able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence, sort of in the comments.”
Project Veritas tweeted a video of the whole incident. Noticeably, the car licenses present at the location were all blurred out, but Rosen’s house number wasn’t. Not good. Interestingly though, while the house number was visible, the street name wasn't, making one wonder just how much "personal information" was actually revealed.
Twitter notified Project Veritas by email of its account being locked on Thursday at 2:00 a.m., stating in part: “You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission.”
But while it might be justifiable to lock Project Veritas’ account, why lock out James O’Keefe? O'Keefe wasn’t the one who tweeted the video, and Twitter has not stated a reason for why his personal account has also been suspended. It looks like the social media giant is cementing their reputation for censorship.
Obviously, neither party is coming up smelling of roses this time.