Twitter is under fire for seemingly opting to take no action when the Lincoln Project posted one of its ex-members’ direct messages without her consent. Critics saw it as a proof that “all’s fair when you hate Donald Trump.”
Formed before last year’s election to oust Donald Trump from the White House and return the Republican Party to its pre-Trump incarnation, the Lincoln Project has fallen on hard times since Joe Biden’s victory. Founding member John Weaver was outed as a sex pest who allegedly bothered boys as young as 14, and the group’s claim that it was unaware of Weaver’s alleged perversion has largely fallen on deaf ears.
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Though the organization on Thursday invited former staff to seek release from nondisclosure agreements and speak publicly about the allegations against Weaver, several former employees told the New York Times that they didn’t feel comfortable seeking permission from their ex-bosses.
In what appeared to be a bizarre act of retribution, the Lincoln Project published messages exchanged between one of these former employees – Jennifer Horn – and a reporter, Amanda Becker. Accompanying the messages was a multi-tweet meltdown, which was deleted soon after George Conway, another co-founder, suggested that tweeting out the private conversations could be “a violation of federal law.”
1. Lincoln Project tweeted out a thread that appeared to contain screenshots from their former partner @NHJennifer‘s account
Unclear how they got access to them
These exchanges were with journalist @AmandaBecker
They have deleted the thread but here are screenshots
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 12, 2021
It is unclear how the Lincoln Project got their hands on Horn’s messages. Based on the screenshots tweeted out, they were taken from a device signed in to her Twitter account. Horn herself said that she did not give consent to their publication, and tried to tip off Twitter.
According to journalist Yashar Ali, Twitter was uninterested in punishing the Lincoln Project. Ali claimed that a Twitter spokesperson told him the tweets “did NOT violate Twitter rules,” and were not “a violation of their hacked materials policy.”
If Ali’s statement is true, Twitter is treating the Lincoln Project vastly differently than it treated the New York Post (which it banned for publishing the allegedly “hacked” contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop before November’s election), or Project Veritas, which it suspended on Thursday for a video which supposedly revealed the personal details of a top Facebook official (apparently by showing his house number).
Twitter took down the NY Post for ‘hacked materials’
They suspended Project Veritas today for ‘private information’
But @ProjectLincoln just posted someone’s leaked DMs clearly without their consent
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 12, 2021
Conservative pundits raged at the platform for allegedly showing its hypocrisy again, both for taking no action over Thursday’s Lincoln Project tweets, or Weaver’s creepy direct messages to young boys and men. “Twitter,” pundit Mike Cernovich tweeted, “is part of the Lincoln Project coverup.”
Twitter has endorsed the Lincoln Project’s decision to post unlawfully obtained Twitter DMs.
What makes this unique:
– Twitter would be able to ascertain who unlawfully accessed the victim’s account.
Twitter is part of the Lincoln Project coverup. pic.twitter.com/4pnE03jE1d
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) February 12, 2021
This week, Twitter said President Trump is banned for life – even if he runs for office again.
Yesterday, they permanently banned Project Veritas.
Yet they say that Lincoln Project’s John Weaver violated no terms of service when he solicited young men by sliding into their DMs.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) February 12, 2021
How isn’t this a violation of Twitter rules???
Because Lincoln Project attacks conservatives, twitter protects them. https://t.co/C82Kts9qMZ
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) February 12, 2021
Despite the Lincoln Project’s ongoing troubles, the group has still received favorable coverage by some media outlets. Speaking to George Conway on Thursday night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper opted not to question the former member about Weaver’s proclivities, or even his own insistence that the group be investigated by an outside counsel, made hours before the interview.
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