Fox News Twitter account dark for days due to Tucker Carlson home threats

The official Twitter account for Fox News has not tweeted since Thursday, reportedly in protest of the social media company’s lack of responsiveness regarding content associated with a protest outside of host Tucker Carlson’s home.

The network protest comes after a left-wing group associated with antifa converged on the Washington, D.C., home of Carlson last Wednesday night while chanting “Racist scumbag, leave town!” and warning on social media that Carlson and his family “were not safe.”

{mosads}”BREAKING. Activists ring doorbell, hold protest at the Washington D.C. area home of @TuckerCarlson, racist, sexist, bigoted FOX News personality. So far no one has opened the door,” read a since-removed tweet by Smash Racism DC, which associates itself with antifa. The tweet also included video of the incident outside Carlson’s home.

“Every night you spread fear into our homes—fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice,” another tweet read. “Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”

In a statement last Thursday, Carlson said his wife, who was home alone, thought it was a home invasion and locked herself in a pantry until police arrived.

Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement to The Hill that the protesters’ actions were unlawful and a criminal investigation had been launched.

“Last night, a group of protestors broke the law by defacing private property at a Northwest, DC residence,” the statement said. “MPD takes these violations seriously, and we will work to hold those accountable for their unlawful actions. There is currently an open criminal investigation regarding this matter.”

According to Tribune Media content manager Scott Gustin, Fox is apparently concerned about Twitter’s handling of posts that included Carlson’s address.

“A Fox News employee tells me Fox is choosing to stay silent while protesting how Twitter handled posts targeting Tucker Carlson — specifically the ones that included his address,” reads one tweet from Gustin posted last Friday.

“According to source, Facebook was prompt when alerted to posts that included his home address. Twitter support reportedly told Fox to ‘open a ticket’ and did not remove the posts,” Gustin reports in another.

Business Insider reported on Sunday it had obtained an internal email from Fox News managing editor Greg Wilson instructing network employees to “please refrain from tweeting out our content from either section accounts or your own accounts until further notice.”

A source close to the matter confirmed to The Hill the decision to launch a protest against Twitter was due to its unresponsiveness to the network’s requests to expunge content related to the Carlson protest, which it deemed dangerous.

The Fox News Twitter account, which has more than 18 million followers, has tweeted more than 418,000 times since joining the platform 11 years ago, or an average of more than 100 times per day. Fox Business Network has also not tweeted since Nov. 9.

Fox News and Fox Business could not be reached for comment.

The Hill has also reached out to Twitter for comment.

In a joint statement last Thursday, Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Fox News President Jay Wallace called the activists’ behavior “reprehensible” while urging a more “civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation.”

“We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view,” said Scott and Wallace. “Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans to find common ground.”


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