Election 2020 Audit Accounts Banned by Twitter on the Day 1/6 Select Committee Hearings Began
09:51 GMT 28.07.2021 (Updated: 13:21 GMT 06.08.2022)
On 27 July, Twitter nixed several accounts dedicated to the 2020 election audits in Arizona, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia. Arizona's Maricopa County Audit account and the Audit War Room account had roughly 100,000 and 40,000 followers, respectively.
In a statement
to BuzzFeed, Twitter clarified that audit accounts were blocked "permanently" over violating the Twitter rules on platform "manipulation and spam".
Following Twitter's move, The Arizona War Room migrated to GETTR, a new social media founded by Jason Miller, a former Donald Trump aide and spokesman, and announced that the accounts of barred "war rooms" from the other five states
would be set up on the new platform soon.
The seemingly coordinated suspension of 2020 audit accounts followed former President Donald Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on 24 July.
During the event, eloquently called "Rally for Election Integrity," the ex-president praised the Arizona Senate's months-long audit of Maricopa County’s 2.1 million ballots and election equipment. Trump also called upon the state's Attorney General Mark Brnovich to launch an investigation based on the final results of the recount.
Previously, Trump also endorsed efforts to kick off 2020 election audits in other American states
, stressing that he never conceded to what he considers rigged elections.
The suspension of the Arizona audit accounts also came after Senate President Karen Fann and Judiciary Committee Chairman Warren Petersen subpoenaed election materials from the 2020 elections
They also subpoenaed Dominion Voting Systems, the manufacturer of voting machines used in Maricopa County last November, for the first time since the beginning of the third forensic audit of the 2020 election results. The legislative subpoena, issued on 26 July, orders Dominion to appear on 2 August 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EST) in the Arizona Senate chamber of the state Capitol.
The state's Democratic officials and the Maricopa Board of Supervisors
have opposed the GOP's audit effort from the start
. They have repeatedly called upon Arizona Republicans to stop the recount
lambasting the independent group of auditors led by firm Cyber Ninjas as "incompetent".
Similarly, Dominion Voting Systems earlier told the Associated Press that releasing their intellectual property to an "unaccredited, biased, and plainly unreliable actor such as Cyber Ninjas would be reckless, causing irreparable damage to the commercial interests of the company and the election security interests of the country". Dominion came under the spotlight after the Trump legal team suggested that the firm's voting machines had been used for manipulating the ballots, something that the company vehemently denies.
Meanwhile, some Twitter users have drawn attention to the fact that the audit accounts were axed on the same day when the House Democrats kicked off hearings of the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol protests.
The initiative spearheaded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the one who previously launched two impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, was heavily criticised by GOP lawmakers as a "partisan charade."
Pelosi tapped two Republicans – Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – known for their criticism of Trump to serve on her 1/6 panel and blocked Minority Leader McCarthy's picks, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks, claiming that they would undermine the process. In response, McCarthy stated that House Republicans would not participate in Pelosi's "sham process
and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts."
On 6 January, part of a crowd of alleged Trump supporters
illegally entered the Capitol building where US lawmakers were about to certify Joe Biden's election victory. The protesters came to the Capitol Hill over concerns stemming from the alleged election irregularities
, last minute changes of election rules in a number of swing states and supposed voter fraud.