Conservative pundit says he was trying to avoid getting kicked off Twitter

Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly, who was banned from Twitter last week, said Tuesday that he was actually trying to avoid getting kicked off of the social media platform. 

"I honestly have no idea," Kelly told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton when asked why he was banned from Twitter. 

"The truth is, I understand how sensitive Twitter is. I understand that they are run by leftists, and they're trying to run off people on the right, so knowing that, I'm fairly careful with it," Kelly said. "Especially because it was a big tool I used to promote my show, to promote things that I had written. So I wasn't trying to get kicked off, I was trying to be good, and I got kicked off anyway."

Kelly went on to say Twitter was not a platform, but rather a publisher. 

"They're clearly a publisher, and they want to be treated under the law like a platform, but a platform is simply an open forum where people, as long as they're not promoting violence, can post whatever they want to post. That's clearly not the case," he said. 

It is not clear which one of Kelly's recent tweets led to the ban. 

Twitter informed Kelly on Sunday that his account had been permanently suspended due to "multiple or repeat violations of the Twitter rules."

However, Twitter's "range of enforcement options" states that users should be provided with an explanation as to why their accounts have been suspended.

"When we permanently suspend an account, we notify people that they have been suspended for abuse violations, and explain which policy or policies they have violated and which content was in violation," according to Twitter.

— Julia Manchester