Medium has suspended the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Laura Loomer

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“Alt-right leaders” can no longer spread “disinformation” on Medium

A complete overhaul of the platform’s rules caught some awful people in the crossfire.

By Paris Martineau

Medium has suspended the accounts of Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, and Laura Loomer. Unfortunately, this means that “articles” like Cernovich’s “How I Would Run for Congress” are no more. Links to any of the suspended accounts (or their published works) redirect to the dreary white suspension page, which reads “This page is unavailable.”

Screenshot of Mike Cernovich’s Medium page.

While first pointed out on February 19 by Nathan Bernard on Twitter, it’s entirely possible that the suspensions could have occurred earlier in the month and gone unnoticed. The most likely culprit is the company’s February 7 update to their ‘Medium Rules’ section. Calling it an “update” is a bit of an understatement; it’s more like a total overhaul, with a particular targeted purpose.

By far the biggest change made by Medium is the addition of a section called “Related Content,” which reads “We do not allow posts or accounts that engage in on-platform, off-platform, or cross-platform campaigns of targeting, harassment, hate speech, violence, or disinformation. We may consider off-platform actions in assessing a Medium account, and restrict access or availability to that account.” (Emphasis ours.)

Though there’s obviously no way to tell for sure, it seems reasonable to infer that this update was responsible for Cernovich, Posobiec, and Loomer’s suspension. When asked for comment on the suspensions, a Medium spokes person told The Outline that the company “do[es]not comment on individual accounts,” and referred us to a recent post and the updated rules page. Medium’s new rules are a crackdown on disinformation campaigns and hate speech both on and (more importantly) off the platform, which poses a serious threat to Cernovich, Posobiec, Loomer and their ilk…

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This article (Medium suspends Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Laura Loomer from platform) was originally published on The Outline and syndicated by The Event Chronicle

Note: You can follow Cernovich, Posobiec, and Loomer on Twitter.

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