Conservative commentator Candace Owens suspended from Twitter after criticizing Gov. Whitmer
UPDATED 4:20 PM PT — Sunday, May 3, 2020
Twitter suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens’ account after she posted a tweet criticizing Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
In her now deleted post from Friday, Owens said, “Apparently Governor Whitmer believes she is a duly elected dictator of a socialist country.” She then called on Michiganders to defy the Democrat governor’s stay-at-home orders and “go to work.”
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed this tweet violated the platform’s misinformation policy, “specifically around heightened-risk health claims.”
Twitter has suspended the account of conservative commentator Candace Owens for the following tweet, without providing her with an explanation.
She is currently appealing the decision. pic.twitter.com/sz1witIDbc
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) May 2, 2020
This came after Whitmer moved to extend the state’s stay-at-home order, which sparked demonstrations.
“I know that some people are angry, and I know many are feeling restless. I know that people are itching to get back to work and I get it, I respect it. It’s okay to feel that way. There’s nothing that I want more than to just flip the switch and return to normal, but that’s not how it’s going to work, unfortunately.” – Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan
According to reports, Owens is standing by her statement, despite its removal from Twitter. She reportedly said she believes she “should be allowed to encourage lawful citizens to resume work.”
Twitter later reinstated her account after she agreed to delete the tweet.