Editor-in-Chief of the National Pulse Suspended by Twitter for Violating Its ‘Hacked Materials’ Policy

By Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts
Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.
March 2, 2022 Updated: March 3, 2022

The editor-in-chief of The National Pulse, Raheem Kassam, has been suspended by Twitter for violating its “hacked materials” policy after he shared internal emails from Fox News.

Early Tuesday morning, the journalist posted a photo on Twitter of an internal email, allegedly from Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner’s inbox, regarding Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “traceability.”

The email stated that the intelligence community is “concerned” about Zelenskyy’s traceability when he is using the internet and his phone to communicate with the people of Ukraine amid Moscow’s invasion of the country.

It goes on to state that Fox News corporation has been told that “the easiest way for Putin and the KGB to track and target  Zelenskyy is through his mobile phone and internet use.

“Even if a phone is encrypted, the KGB can still track both cell phones and landlines, we are told,” the email states.

Sharing the image online early Tuesday morning, Kassam wrote, “Fox News internal email appears to suggest their senior correspondent thinks the KGB still exists.”

Raheem Kassam Westminster Arms pub London
Conservative writer Raheem Kassam stands outside the Westminster Arms pub in London, U.K., on Oct. 28, 2016. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The KGB (Committee for State Security) was officially dissolved in Russia in December 1991 before being succeeded by the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and later, the Federal Security Service (FSB).

However, Kassam was swiftly notified by Twitter that his post had violated the platform’s “Distribution of hacked materials” policy.

“We don’t permit the use of our services to directly distribute content obtained through hacking that contains private information, may put people in physical harm or danger, or contains trade secrets,” the Twitter notification reads.

“By clicking Delete, you acknowledge that your tweet violated the Twitter rules,” the message from Twitter continues, adding that “if you think we’ve made a mistake, submit an appeal to us. Please note that should you do so, your account will remain locked while we review your appeal.”

Kassam has since deleted the tweet but his account was temporarily restricted for 12 hours and he is only able to send direct messages to his Twitter followers after the so-called violation.

However, his account will be fully restored after 12 hours following the deletion of the tweet that allegedly violated Twitter’s “hacked materials” policy.

Kassam took to the social media platform and microblogging site GETTR to share his experience, telling his followers that he was “currently ‘suspended’ from Twitter for posting ‘hacked material’ which is actually a primary source email sent to me by a Fox News insider.”

The journalist also referenced supporters of the Freedom Truck Convoy in Canada, who Kassam said has been “doxxed”—meaning they had private or identifying information about themselves published online.

“Remember, doxxing Trucker supporters didn’t get people suspended. But posting Fox News emails does? Hmmm,” he wrote.

Kassam later told The Post Millennial that he considers Twitter’s allegation to be “libellous” and again pointed to Twitter’s alleged failure to act regarding so-called doxxing of individuals who donated to the Trucker convoy.

“Perhaps more critically, this suspension was enacted because we recently exposed a number of pro-war propaganda falsehoods. We’ll see because we will continue to press this until we get real answers,” he said.

Raheem Kassam told The Epoch Times: “It will strike everyone as particularly appalling that Twitter seeks to defend a Fox News reporter’s silly e-mail to her colleagues, but not the rights of ordinary people to donate to causes like the Canadian truckers. When the latter were hacked and doxxed, Twitter allowed them to be abused. When I publish a leaked e-mail in jest, I’m immediately suspended. What they’re alleging is both morally wrong and libelous, and they will hear about it.”

The Epoch Times has contacted a Twitter spokesperson for comment.

Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She covers news and business for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on the United States.