Bill Mitchell, host of the YouTube show “YourVoice America” and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, has had his account permanently suspended by Twitter.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an emailed statement that Mitchell’s account, @mitchellvii, was suspended after he violated the platform’s rules by using one account to evade the suspension of another account.
The spokesperson didn’t elaborate.
According to the social media giant’s rules, accounts promoting violence, terrorism, child sexual exploitation, abuse, hateful conduct, suicide, sensitive media, or illegal or certain regulated goods or services will be banned. The rules don’t mention anything about penalties for evading the suspension.
Google-cached pages of Mitchell’s Twitter account show him saying that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)—who presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden picked as his running mate—is not a moderate in a string of posts before his account was suspended.
“The Biden/Harris ticket is making Bernie Sanders look like JFK,” he said in an earlier post on Aug. 12.
In his last post on the social media platform, Mitchell had said: “It is insane to think that defunding police will make neighborhoods safer.”
Mitchell seems to have transferred his Twitter account over to Parler, a social media platform popular among libertarian and right-leaning voices, which is positioning itself as an alternative to Twitter by offering space for “free expression without violence and no censorship.” Twitter, along with other social media companies, continue to be accused of bias against conservative voices.
Mitchell’s profile shows he has been on Parler since Dec. 10, 2018.
He has responded to Twitter’s banning of his account in videos posted on Parler. He explains that he believes the ban was for posting opposition to government-enforced mask-wearing and his support of Trump.
“What it looks like when Twitter deletes 5 years of work in a second because you support Trump 3 months before the election,” he wrote in one post.
Other conservative voices on Twitter have also been turning to other social media platforms after similar bans to their accounts from the social media giant.
Parler received 500,000 user signups in June after Twitter banned popular conservative user accounts from its site.
According to user data acquired by Mediaite, Parler has seen a boost of around 50 percent in their user base, bringing the total number of users to 1.5 million after Twitter banned two popular conservative figures from its platform: Carpe Donktum, a well-known content creator whose content was often shared by President Donald Trump, and National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam.
Some high profile conservative are among those who have shifted to Parler, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Fox News Network host Laura Ingraham, and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
“Technology companies shouldn’t be able to put their thumb on the scale and reshape speech in our country. Features of the technology should apply equally to people regardless of viewpoint,” Gaetz said when he announced that he was joining Parler.