Twitter has permanently banned the right-wing investigative news site, Project Veritas and suspended the account belonging its founder, James O’Keefe.
A statement revealed that Project Veritas had been “permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s private information policy.”
Twitter declined to specify which tweets led to the ban.
In addition, Twitter temporarily suspended the account of the organization’s founder, James O’Keefe, saying he had violated the site’s policies on sharing personal information. O’Keefe will reportedly need to delete the offending tweet before his account will be un-frozen.
In a statement to Politico, O’Keefe denied that his tweet violated Twitter’s policy and claimed Twitter’s ban of the Project Veritas account was “an apparent act of retaliation for daring to question their authority.”
O’Keefe, a conservative political activist, founded Project Veritas in 2010 and has broken several stories in recent years that allege liberal bias in mainstream news organizations.
However, the group has been criticized for ambush reporting tactics by undercover reporters seeking the truth from unwitting subjects. Most famoulsy, CNN’s Van Jones who was caught on camera calling the 2016 Russia election interference probe a “nothing burger.”
The move comes after Twitter announced earlier this year to crack down on the spread of misinformation on its site following the rise of the QAnon conspiracy and the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.