Twitter reversed its ruling, saying that Rosie O’Donnell telling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to “suck my d—” was indeed a violation of their platform’s rules and deleted the tweets.
“You have received two emails from us about your recent report. The first email stated that the Tweets were not in violation of our policies when in fact they are, based on our Twitter rules,” the company said, according to a statement obtained by Shapiro, which he subsequently tweeted.”We have required that the reported Tweets be deleted and they have since been removed.”
“Well, looks like Twitter had some second thoughts about @Rosie’s obscene tweets,” wrote Shapiro.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 24, 2017
O’Donnell’s statement was in response to Shapiro taking aim at her offer of money to GOP senators willing to reverse their votes on the recently passed tax reform bill. She later deleted the post, but not before Shapiro could make hay over the matter.
The conservative editor in chief of DailyWire and former Breitbart reporter said that O’Donnell’s tweet was sexual harassment and he would be reporting her to the company.
In an earlier tweet, Shapiro suggested that his goal was not to get O’Donnell suspended but rather to highlight the oft-discussed double-standard Twitter has employed when handling offensive comments from liberals and conservatives.
“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard,” he tweeted Saturday. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is. #M3Too.”