Twitter bans US Marine for questioning Ukraine narrative

Twitter has “permanently suspended” USMC veteran and ex-UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter for questioning Ukraine’s claims about Bucha Read Full Article at RT.com

Twitter bans US Marine for questioning Ukraine narrative
6 Apr, 2022 21:15 HomeWorld News

Twitter bans US Marine for questioning Ukraine narrative

Platform says USMC veteran and former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter violated “targeted harassment” rule

Twitter “permanently suspended” the retired US Marine Corps officer Scott Ritter on Wednesday, accusing him of engaging in prohibited behavior by questioning the claims of Ukrainian authorities that Russian soldiers had massacred civilians in Bucha near Kiev. Ritter is best known as the former UN weapons inspector who doubted US claims about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, invoked by Washington as a pretext for the 2003 invasion.

“So apparently I’ve been suspended from Twitter for the crime of challenging the orthodox narrative of the so-called Bucha massacre,” Ritter said on his Telegram channel, sharing a screenshot of the message he received from the Big Tech platform.

“I’ve appealed, so who knows what the future will bring,” Ritter said, adding that “Freedom of speech in America today is an endangered concept.”

“harassment and abuse” by saying the Ukrainian police had committed crimes against humanity in Bucha, and were trying to shift blame onto Russia with US help. 

pointed out, arguing that his ban “shows how Twitter Rules can be twisted to silence US foreign policy critics.”

“denying mass casualty events took place,” Gosztola noted, but he said Ritter hadn’t done that, either.

In an op-ed published by RT on Monday, Ritter had examined the Ukrainian allegations that the withdrawing Russian troops had massacred civilians on their way out of Bucha, pointing out a number of inconsistencies and “red flags” with them and putting them in the context of the propaganda war raging parallel to the ongoing military conflict.

“targeted harassment” in Ritter’s flagged tweet, and asked Twitter to “please undo” the ban.

“You’re suspending a decorated Marine Corps veteran and former chief UN weapons inspector who bravely warned the world about the Bush [administration’s] Iraq WMD lies. Silencing voices of dissent will make your platform un-usable,” Mate tweeted. 

took a seat on Twitter’s board of directors, having become the platform’s largest single individual shareholder on hints that he would dial back its censorship.