If you’ve spent much time poking around political posts on Twitter, you’ve seen snarky anti-Trump comments by the liberal Krassenstein brothers.
But you won’t anymore.
According to The Hill, Brian and Ed Krassenstein were permanently banned from Twitter on Thursday for allegedly “operating multiple fake accounts” and “purchasing account interactions.”
In English, that means they’re accused of artificially turning themselves into internet celebrities.
The brothers are considered two of the leaders of the “Resistance” against President Trump, according to the liberal publication The Daily Beast. The Beast called the banning a “major loss” for the brothers, who had over 1.6 million Twitter followers collectively and were known for frequently responding to the president’s tweets and having their replies show up near the top.
A Twitter spokesman explained: “The Twitter Rules apply to everyone. Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”
The Beast also described the Krassensteins “as heroes of the anti-Trump resistance” and said, “the Krassensteins won admiration from liberals and anger from conservatives for their willingness to tweak Trump and his supporters online.”
The brothers deny they did anything wrong.
“We NEVER, and we want to make this as clear as day, ever bought or sold ANY Twitter accounts or interactions. We swear on our graves that this is 100% true,” the Krassensteins wrote on their blog.
They have often cheered at the banning of conservatives on Twitter. They argued that those bans were justified. But theirs? Not quite so.
“We have long defended Twitter’s actions of banning and suspending users, and our stance still remains the same. Twitter, as a private company, has every right to ban whoever they choose, including us," the brothers said.
They continued: "We would, however, appreciate that Twitter reviews our suspension and issues a correction in regards to their comments about us buying or selling Twitter accounts or interactions."
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