Monday marked the fourth day in a row that the official Fox News Twitter account remained silent. In an unusual period of absence from the social media website, the Fox News account tweeted its last message on Thursday before going dark through the weekend and, perhaps, beyond. While some of the network’s personalities – the hosts of Fox & Friends, Sean Hannity, etc. – have continued their Twitter activity, the cable channel’s main account has fallen into a strange and sudden silence.
The network has yet to speak out about the absence, but other news outlets report that the communications breakdown is a deliberate boycott of Twitter in reaction to how the site handled the Tucker Carlson controversy. On Saturday, Tribune Media content manager Scott Gustin reported: “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.”
The controversy stems from an incident early last week, when a mob of Antifa-aligned protesters gathered outside Carlson’s D.C. home, terrorized his wife with a bullhorn, damaged his front door, and chanted threatening slogans that included: “We know where you sleep at night.” Before they were done, the group – calling themselves Smash Racism D.C. – made sure plenty of others on social media had access to that information as well. Twitter eventually deleted those tweets and photos and suspended Smash Racism’s Twitter account, but apparently the network is not happy about how long it took.
Personally, we were a little surprised that Twitter took any action against the account at all. Usually you need an act of Congress to get this left-wing beehive to lift a finger against their socialist allies. Meanwhile, if a conservative writer so much as sneezes in the wrong direction, Twitter bans half the right-wing blogosphere. So for them to actually suspend Smash Racism and delete their pictures…well, that seems like a step in the right direction, even if it took them a while to wake up.