Earlier this month, Dr. Eoin Lenihan mapped the connections of accounts belonging to domestic terrorist group Antifa with journalists from prominent organizations such as Vox, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, and more. Lenihan claimed that certain journalist had eight or more connections, and suggested various members seem to have consistent communication with Antifa, or pay people for doxxing information.
If you would like to read more about his findings, you can follow this link.
However, it would now appear that Lenihan has now been suspended by Twitter, and according to freelance journalist Andy Ngo, who consistently covers Antifa activity, Twitter did so after Antifa members mass flagged his account.
“Looks like antifa’s Twitter mob mass reported Dr. [Lenihan] & got his account suspended. They’ve been trying to target him ever since he released report showing how some journalists & writers have close ties to antifa extremists & were working to mainstream those ideas,” tweeted Ngo.
Looks like antifa’s Twitter mob mass reported Dr @EoinLenihan & got his account suspended. They’ve been trying to target him ever since he released report showing how some journalists & writers have close ties to antifa extremists & were working to mainstream those ideas.
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) May 29, 2019
It’s not clear exactly when they suspended Lenihan, though as of this writing, Lenihan’s account is still in suspension and Twitter seems to have taken no corrective action. If Lenihan did break any of the rules of Twitter, it’s not clear which one(s). Details are currently murky.
Lenihan published a document early Wednesday on Quillett highlighting his methodology for finding the information he did and even focused on a few key journalists who seem to not only have connections, but also write approvingly of Antifa:
We created a data set of 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts based on the follows of 16 verified Antifa seed accounts. Using a software tool that analyzed the number and nature of connections associated with each individual account, we winnowed the 58,254 Antifa or Antifa-associated Twitter accounts down to 962 accounts. This represents a core group of Twitter users who are connected in overlapping ways to the most influential and widely followed Antifa figures. Of these 962 accounts, 22 were found to be verified Twitter accounts of journalists—of which 15 were journalists who work regularly with national-level news outlets.
Whether the release of this article ties into his suspension on Twitter is currently anyone’s guess.
The media’s defense of Antifa is hardly a secret, however. CNN’s Chris Cuomo has stood in favor of the violence practiced by Antifa because it’s violence against people he disagrees with. He’s done this more than once.