Twitter on Saturday night backtracked on an earlier decision not to remove a tweet from Rosie O’Donnell targeting a conservative commentator, according to a message posted online.
Ben Shapiro, a conservative columnist, slammed the social platform Friday after filing a complaint accusing the former “View” host of harassment because she tweeted at him to “suck my d--- ben.”
Shapiro posted a screenshot of an email from Twitter in response to his complaint, stating that while an earlier response said O’Donnell’s tweets were not in violation of their policies, they were, in fact, in violation, and have now been removed.
“Well, looks like Twitter had some second thoughts about @Rosie’s obscene tweets,” Shapiro wrote.
O'Donnell, responding to a Twitter user, said on Monday that she deleted the tweet after receiving a notification that her account had been locked for violating Twitter's rules.
I DELETED IT after i got this pic.twitter.com/45REnynGg2— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 25, 2017
Shapiro said he filed the complaint to test whether Twitter had a “double standard” in how it handles claims of harassment from liberals and conservatives.
“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard," Shapiro tweeted. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second.”
Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard. Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is. #MeToo— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 22, 2017
O’Donnell’s tweet to Shapiro followed a heated exchange between the two in response to her tweet early last week where she appeared to offer $2 million to GOP Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay MORE (Ariz.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall MORE (Maine) if they would vote against the Republican tax bill.
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– This story was updated Dec. 25 at 6:08 p.m. with new information to reflect the removal of the tweet