Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam has been suspended from tweeting using his Twitter account for a week following a stream of online abuse aimed at him by hard-left activists.
Following an interview with Paul Joseph Watson on the issue of no go zones, Kassam was sent streams of abuse by anti-Brexit, anti-Trump Twitter users @snigskitchen, @sarahjwait, and other, anonymous users.
The action comes after Kassam was revealed to be on a “hitlist” of Twitter users promoted by far-left wing account “@ResistingHate” bragging they were able to get right-wing Twitter users banned by mass reporting accounts.
A friend has obtained a password for an ‘underground’ and ‘members only’ website, and releaved that @ResistingHate has set up a campaign to get me banned on @Twitter. They put me on their ‘Most Wanted’ list. I am NOT right-wing, and I my work focuses on tackling extremism. pic.twitter.com/8GtpLsGa68
— Imam Tawhidi #WeRemember (@Imamofpeace) January 22, 2018
Kassam appeared on a version of the list shared with Breitbart London:
The Breitbart London editor even predicted his Twitter suspension five days ago, after noticing an upsurge in trolling against him on the platform:
— Raheem (@RaheemKassam) January 20, 2018
User @sarahjwait tweeted at Kassam earlier Wednesday morning demanding he stop tagging her in messages, despite jumping into one of his conversations with a stream of abuse aimed at the Breitbart Editor. When this was pointed out to her, she began mass blocking the accounts highlighting her hypocrisy, including that of Breitbart London assistant editor Jack Montgomery.
“Help, help, Raheem Kassam is harassing me!” pic.twitter.com/sJ8ye8DE3f
— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) January 24, 2018
Instead of blocking or muting Kassam however, Ms. Wait began repeatedly tagging Twitter’s support account and founder Jack Dorsey in her tweets, at one point threatening legal action against Kassam, leading to his response — cited by Twitter as in violation of the service’s rules — insisting he would counter-sue for vexatious claims.
Following Ms. Wait’s claims of “harassment” after opting into the conversation, she began posting hate-ridden screeds about Kassam, alongside other Twitter users, and linking to websites attack Kassam, in what appeared to some to be harassment by her, rather than of her:
— Dylan ApHarry (@GettBoba) January 24, 2018
Twitter demanded Kassam delete the tweet to regain access to the account, only afterwards revealing the account would be block for seven more days.
It is unclear which terms of service Twitter is alleging have been breached with the tweet, and at the time of publication, the company had not responded to a request for clarification.
Kassam joins a long list of conservatives suspended or blocked by the struggling tech giant, which recently took another knock in its credibility after a Project Veritas investigation revealed left-wing operatives inside the organisation bragged about reading people’s direct messages, shadowbanning conservatives, and more.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 25, 2018
The targeted attacks on Kassam come shortly after his viral Sky News appearance, where he alleged that London mayor Sadiq Khan was turning Britain’s capital into a “sh*thole”.
The video of the interview has had over five million views across multiple platforms — including Twitter — in recent weeks.
Kassam’s account can still be followed, here, though he is unable to tweet for seven days.