Dave Portnoy, the founding father of Barstool Sports, was inexplicably suspended from Twitter on Friday.
@BFFsPod, the Twitter account for the weekly podcast hosted by Portnoy and TikTok star, Josh Richards, tweeted screenshot of Portnoy’s account with the message “Account suspended.”
Although Twitter appeared to supply no cause as to why Portnoy was suspended, The Daily Wire reported that some customers speculated that he was focused after he threatened to “drop my nuts on your head” throughout a debate on Penn National Gaming inventory.
However, the platform’s phrases of service enable it to droop accounts for little to no cause.
“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. Violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior discourage people from expressing themselves, and ultimately diminish the value of global public conversation. Our rules are to ensure all people can participate in the public conversation freely and safely,” the “Twitter Rules” state.
Portnoy talked with Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire about why he’s keen to interact with critics on social media.
“There is an audience that appreciates, and it’s not even Left or Right, it’s kind of both, like, ‘I like how these guys aren’t backing down.’ And our audience allows us to do that, so people have always asked, ‘Why do you fight back’ or ‘Why do you push back’ or ‘Why don’t you just shut up when someone takes a shot at you that you feel is unfair.’ It’s like, I’m not going to do that. I will never throw the first punch, but if you throw a shot at me on Twitter — out of the clouds — it’s not my responsibility to protect you,” Portnoy said.
UPDATE: Portnoy’s account has since been reinstated.
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