Last Updated on May 21, 2023
Twitter has censored the Virginia Flaggers by removing the Southern heritage group’s profile picture, calling it “hateful imagery” while threatening to disable the group’s entire account if they don’t fall in line.
The Virginia Flaggers had their Twitter profile pictured censored and their verification checkmark removed by the social media giant, receiving a warning that if the picture isn’t changed, the group’s account will be “disabled.”
The profile picture, which includes two historically-significant Confederate flags and the unreconstructed flag of Virginia, was dubbed “hateful imagery” by Twitter.
“So the Twitter censors have labeled our profile pic ‘hateful imagery’ and warned if we do not change it, our account would be disabled,” a tweet from the Virginia Flaggers, announcing the censorship, reads.
“Not sure if it’s the photo or the sentiment they find dangerous,” the tweet goes on, adding the hashtag “#SicSemperTyrannis”, the state motto of Virginia that adorns the state’s flag and translates from Latin to “Thus Always to Tyrants.”
In a statement to National File, a Virginia Flaggers spokesman said that the group has grown “accustomed to being censored and restricted by social media platforms for speaking truth that goes against the left’s false narratives.”
“In fact, our Facebook page, with over 120k followers is currently being severely throttled because of a photo of a banner plane pulling a Confederate Battle Flag, which their censors claim is ‘dangerous’. Our Facebook posts are getting buried.”
“But to have this happen on the ‘new’ Twitter, where Mr. Musk was supposed to have cleaned house of the leftist, biased thought police is a bit surprising,” the spokesman added. “Our logo has zero relation to anything hateful. Our organization will celebrate our 12th anniversary this fall and there is nothing that can be accurately described as “hateful” in those entire 12 years of defending the honor of our Confederate ancestors and the flags they fought and died beneath.”
The censorship of the Virginia Flaggers comes just after Twitter announced the hiring of a new CEO, Linda Yaccarino, a pro-censorship affiliate of the World Economic Forum who’s previously called for censoring Twitter’s owner, Elon Musk.
Under Yaccarino, Twitter will implement new terms of service, which have been slammed as nothing more than “sheer censorship.”