In more bizarre censorship of investigative journalism and free speech, Project Veritas is being punished by Twitter for investigating another social media giant, Pinterest. Project Veritas reported information leaked to them by a Pinterest employee whistleblower, showing how the company classified pro-life website, Live Action, as pornography. Evidence from internal documents also revealed that Bible verses were censored.
James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas, released the first part of their story on Monday at which time Pinterest removed Live Action from it’s porn list but then added it back to the banned list.
When O’Keefe tweeted internal communications from Pinterest showing that they labeled Ben Shapiro as a “white supremacist,” Twitter cut them off, allegedly for publishing other people’s private information.
Twitter does have a policy on doxxing others, which reads:
You may not publish or post other people’s private information without their express authorization and permission. We also prohibit threatening to expose private information or incentivizing others to do so.
We’ve reached out to Twitter to understand whether this policy applies to journalists doing stories on companies. We will update if and when we receive a response.
Eric Cochran, the engineer who decided to give up the goods on the Pinterest censorship has since been fired. In his first public appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox. When asked by Carlson why he did it, Cochran replied:
“I did this because I saw wrongdoing….and the normalization of censorship within Big Tech companies right now is downright un-American. And I saw this as the fight for abortion. I saw a Big Tech company saying … behind closed doors that they believe that Live Action shouldn’t have a platform to speak, and the big thing is: I want them to have to … say this publicly instead of behind closed doors.”
He went on implore other conservatives to do the same. In what he believes is a “watershed moment”, he said:
“This is about abortion. You are seeing now with YouTube doing Pinterest’s bidding by removing the Project Veritas video. You are seeing that they are going to do whatever it takes. They are 100% in to protect the abortion lobby. And pro-lifers who exist within Big Tech companies — there’s a lot of us. They need to come to Project Veritas and they need to expose what’s going on. They need to make these tech companies like I have explicitly say that ‘we are on the side of the abortion lobby.”