I'm looking to sue: Black activist says Twitter banned her as 'Russian bot'
Date Written: 26/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Among the 201 Twitter accounts suspended from the platform for "Russian interference" in the 2016 US election was an African-American activist from Atlanta. Now she has come forward, telling RT she may sue the company for the unjustified suspension.
Peach joined Twitter in 2010 but didn't start tweeting for about two years. The earliest cache of her account that RT found was in late March 2014, at which point Peach had well under 3,000 followers. The final cache available before her account was suspended from Twitter is from September 1, 2017 and shows Peach with more than 13,800 followers.
"This could upend my personal life," she said. "I don't know how far deep it goes with these people. But I dont want to get on an airplane and my passport causes issues because of this."
After her account was banned, Peach reached out to a friend at Twitter.
"She gets back to me last Saturday, crying and distraught... saying this person said I need to stay far away from you, that you're listed as a Russian bot or Russian operative, Peach told RT. Even my IP address is shut down. I cannot even make another Twitter account from my IP. I tried with two phone numbers and created two different email accounts, with totally different Twitter handles and names, and it walked me through the entire process until it said your account is suspended."
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