Twitter’s string of reinstatements continues, with a woman best known for accusing Bill Clinton of rape being brought back to the platform after being suspended for violating COVID-19 misinformation rules.
Juanita Broaddrick was among the women who accused former President Clinton of sexual misconduct in the 1990s and alleged that he raped her in 1978 while he was serving as Arkansas Attorney General. Clinton and his legal representatives have denied their allegations, which were among the most serious leveled against him during his presidency.
In the years since, she has remained active in the political and activist arena, speaking out on behalf of victims of attacks while also supporting many Republican politicians, including former President Donald Trump. She has also controversially spoken out against COVID-19 vaccinations, claiming to be unvaccinated herself. In April, she was booted from Twitter over this stance for violating the service’s COVID policy on misinformation after she claimed vaccines alter DNA.
“When will this vaccine crap be over? Big Pharma has benefited enough from this for the next hundred years. Stop pushing vaccines that don’t work and alter DNA,” Broaddrick wrote in a tweet. Twitter said that if she removed the tweet, it would restore her account.
On Monday, her suspension was lifted, and Broaddrick himself confirmed the news in a tweet, thanking new Twitter boss Elon Musk and conservative Twitter figure “Catturd.” Since returning to the platform, she has been posting extensively and retweeting a promotion for an upcoming anti-vaccine documentary.
Since Musk took over the platform in late October with a stated desire to relax moderation practices, Twitter has reinstated numerous suspended accounts, including many conservatives, for violating misinformation policies. One of the most prominent returns was Trump’s account, which was permanently suspended after Jan. 6, though the former president has so far declined to use it.
Georgia GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account has been restored after it was suspended in January after the congresswoman violated guidelines on COVID misinformation. Greene retained the ability to tweet through her official account.
The satirical conservative humor website Babylon Bee was also restored. The site’s account was suspended for violating Twitter’s hateful content policy after a transphobic article was published about Rachel Levine, the US Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for transgender people.
Other prominent conservative figures who returned to the site included Jordan Peterson, Andrew Tate, and media group Project Veritas. Rapper Kanye West was also reinstated after being suspended for posting anti-Semitic content.
Reinstatement was not limited to conservatives. Leftist comedian Kathy Griffin’s account was also restored, having previously been suspended for impersonating Musk’s account in protest of his proposed Twitter policies.
news week has reached out to Twitter for comment.
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