Pro-Trump LGBT activist Mike Harlow is the most banned person on Twitter. He's been officially and permanently banned three times.
He managed to get the first two rulings overturned, both of which strained credulity, but this third ban is appearing to be permanently permanent. But now, Harlow has taken his fight to the US Commission on Civil Rights.
The Post Millennial caught up with Harlow in New York and asked him about the reasons for these excessive Twitter bans.
"They kept changing their reasons—what I've learned is that if they can't get you on something they just keep making up reasons," he said.
Harlow is an outspoken critic of leftist LGBTQ+ propaganda, and as a gay man himself, feels perfectly at ease taking down what he sees as the lies and rampant misinformation put out by the "alphabet people." It is his outspokenness, and his unwillingness to cave to leftist, Democrat, alphabet talking points, that be believes has caught him these recurring bans.
As a decade's long Democrat, Harlow never had any problem on the platform. It was when he started questioning the narratives of the left that the trouble began.
"For ten years I was a Democrat on Twitter," Harlow said, "and I never had a problem." But now, Twitter has decided that I’m the wrong kind of LGBT."
In fact, he noted that at one point, "wrong kind of LGBT" was even trending on Twitter.
Harlow moved away from the Democratic party after a "life experience of realizing that all of their narratives are built on a foundation of lie after lie after lie. Once you realize you've been duped once, the house of cards falls and you realize all the other lies."
For him, it was specifically the attacks on free speech, the censorship of ideologically diverse views, and and the dominance of an illiberal narrative that led him to walk away from the left. He's been touring with Brandon Straka's #WalkAway Campaign to share his experience and his viewpoint with the country.
"#WalkAway," he told TPM "is a very diverse group of people of all backgrounds and ideologies walking away from the radical left." The campaign has come under threat for their views and their unwillingness to capitulate to the mob. Harlow and Straka were both assaulted in Washington, DC, after the RNC earlier this month, and recently, activists in Dallas showed up to counter their event.
The first ban
"First they said it was for evading a permanent suspension, but I never had a permanent suspension," he said.
"Then they said it was for 'managing multiple accounts for abusive purposes,'" he said, "but I didn't have multiple accounts, I made my twitter in 2009 and it's the only one I ever had."
It was about a week or so that Twitter finally cited a tweet, and it was from months prior. Harlow has come to the defense of Megyn Kelly, who had come under fire for posting pics of her and her kids.
Harlow tweeted: "Oh my god, she loves her kids, burn the witch." Which was obviously sarcastic. A quick Twitter search reveals that this phrase, about burning witches, comes up over and over on the platform.
"This all happened the day after I was tweeting about LGBT issues, I had a bunch of tweets. It seemed to me it was all related to that."
It had been International Pronoun Day, and Harlow had shared his thoughts that "LGBT people want to be treated the same as everyone else and radical 'alphabet people' want to be treated differently." He also posted the real stats on the "epidemic" of trans murders, noting primarily that there isn't one.
"It seems like kind of a recurring thing that straight people at Twitter are deciding what I can say about LGBT issues," he said, noting that he is not holding up the pervasive message that LGBT people are thoroughly hated.
It took him six months to get unbanned, and the breakthrough finally came when he found out that another Twitter user was taking responsibility for reporting and removing him from the platform. That user said he was "targeting LGBT Republicans with doxxing and banning." This, noted Harlow, is a crime. And it got him his Twitter account back, though only temporarily.
In overturning the ban, which Harlow had to take to the Better Business Bureau to get any action, Twitter apologized and "said it was an error and [his] account was accidentally marked as spam."
The second ban
"They literally banned me for getting unbanned," Harlow said. Twitter banned him for evading a permanent suspension that Twitter itself had overturned. He had been on the platform only about three months, and was banned for three weeks before he managed to get this ban overturned as well.
Again, Twitter said his account was "wrongly marked as spam."
The third ban
The most recent ban went into effect earlier this summer, and it was when Harlow defended his friend, Blaire White, columnist for The Post Millennial.
People on Twitter had posted fake dm's of White "using the n-word," which she denies and did not do.
"She was getting death threats," Harlow said. White had "disabled her Twitter because her followers were getting harassed."
Harlow was able to prove that the screencapped dm's were fake, and after that, the hate-mob turned on him. They made more fake dm's, this time using them to falsely accuse Harlow of having been "busted for child pornography."
"That's something you don't falsely accuse a gay person of," Harlow said, "but they can make up anything they want, and nothing happens."
The fake posts were "shared a million times," and his "inbox filled with death threats and anti-gay slurs." Harlow was able to get the person who made the fake tweets to admit that they were fake, but even after that information went public, the sharing of the fakes was persistent.
"Twitter wouldn't take it down," Harlow said. He reported the user, who was "breaking a dozen Twitter rules—impersonation, threats..."
"I reported all these people, and a message came back from Twitter that there were no violations, and then a few days later I was permanently banned. Again."
The only thing that Twitter has cited was a tweet of Harlow's in support of author JK Rowling, who has been on the receiving end of Twitter hate ever since she began posting in favour of the idea that biological sex exists.
"They banned me and then looked for a reason," Harlow said.
Harlow has tried to appeal this ban as well, but the Better Business Bureau isn't having it this time, though Harlow states unequivocally that he's "broken no terms of service, yet Twitter keeps saying multiple violations."
Harlow has been on Twitter anyway, despite the ban. President Donald Trump has tweeted out videos that feature Harlow. The video was shown at the RNC.
When asked why he wants back on Twitter, Harlow was candid. "It's a career death sentence. I feel like I’m effectively muzzled and erased from every story that involves me, because Twitter is where the discussion is."
After the Better Business refused his attempt to get reinstated to Twitter, he realized that they had a place on their site saying that it was possible to file with the Civil Rights Commission, so that's what he did.
"I'm worried that it's some left wing bullsh*t and they won't do anything, but I'm looking into any options I can."
"They have Nazi's, pedophiles and horrible people on Twitter, and yet they ban people like me who have center right views."