The impact: Twitter’s action against a Democrat follows a series of efforts by the company to crack down on misleading messages from Republicans, including Trump and his campaign.
What happened: In response to a Twitter user wishing Hernandez luck in her race, saying she had “relatives in Texas who are tRump supporters” [sic]The official @ LizForTX8 account wrote, “Thanks! And remind all of your Trump supporters to vote on Wednesday November 4th! (Since they are Trump supporters, they could fall for it. Just say …) ”
The tweet contained a laughing emoji. The account has more than 26,000 followers.
The company said Tuesday it required the Hernandez campaign to remove the tweet in order to regain access to the account. The tweet had been active for two weeks until someone reported it to the company on Tuesday.
In response, a Hernandez spokesperson told POLITICO on Tuesday that the campaign had “made the decision to remove the tweet from us” after Twitter announced the violation.
“In a happy exchange with supporters on Twitter, one of our campaign staff was a little too casual with his words. The emoji at the end of the tweet indicates that the tweet was made as a joke and was not intended to mislead anyone,” said the spokesman Christopher Phipps said in an email. “But when Twitter brought the tweet to our attention, we took precautionary measures to remove it.”
According to Twitter’s logs, the account would have been suspended indefinitely had the post not been deleted.
Reality check of the race: Hernandez faces steep chances of relegation Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, who has held the seat in the all-red district since 1997.