Last Updated on January 8, 2022
Tim Swain, the South Carolina Senate candidate, had his account locked by Twitter for allegedly violating the Big Tech platform’s policy on Covid misinformation.
Swain, who is running in the primary against current Senator Tim Scott, was subject to a 12 hour lock on Twitter earlier this week for tweeting the following: “My younger son turned 4 today. Half his life already has been during the plandemic. I’m so over hearing about Covid and vaccines. Feels like it’ll never end! If only the vax makers were liable for injuries I’ll bet that would change things quick!”
While the tweet may seem innocuous, Swain received an email from Twitter claiming that the tweet from December violated their policy on “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19.” The same reason was given by the Big Tech platform for permanently suspending Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene earlier this week.
Well, I’m out of twitter jail. This is the tweet that had me suspended. Lame. pic.twitter.com/agEHZMANGp
— Tim Swain (@SwainForSenate) January 6, 2022
In a statement to National File, Swain said that the ban came as a surprise to him because he has been “very careful” with what he tweeted about since new Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal took over from Jack Dorsey in November and “started purging” conservative accounts from the platform in mass ban waves.
“In a fair world this would be election interference,” Swain added. “But the man who is the money behind Twitter, Paul Singer, supports and honors my primary opponent Tim Scott, so to me this seems like a contribution on behalf of Tim Scott from Twitter/Singer. Further evidence we must break up Big Tech and the influence they have over our society and systems.”
Singer is the founder of Elliot Management, the investment firm with a stake in Twitter. In 2020, Singer and the company reportedly sought to remove Dorsey from his position, although a deal was reached with Twitter’s management to keep him as CEO. Speculation abounded last year that Singer finally was successful in his attempt to oust Dorsey as CEO.
Tucker Carlson in 2019 slammed Singer, claiming that people like him are destroying middle America:
“Singer made a lot of his money by purchasing sovereign debt from financially-distressed countries, usually at a massive discount. Once a country’s economy regained some stability, Singer would bombard its government with lawsuits, until he made his money back with interest. The practice is called vulture capitalism — feeding off the carcass of a dying nation.
In some ways, it’s not so different from what Singer and his firm, Elliott Management, have done in this country. Over the past couple of decades, Elliott has made billions by buying large stakes in American companies, firing workers, driving up short-term share prices, and in some cases, taking government bailouts.
Bloomberg News has described Singer as ‘the world’s most feared investor,’ which tells you a lot. No one’s even pretending Paul Singer’s tactics are good for anyone but Paul Singer and his fund.”