Fox News has not tweeted for days in an apparent protest against the way Twitter handled host Tucker Carlson’s address being posted on the social media platform.
Carlson, who hosts Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and is a co-founder of The Daily Caller, was targeted by an Antifa-connected mob last week.
Members of “Smash Racism DC” gathered around Carlson’s home last week and chanted threatening messages, such as, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!”
The group also spraypainted an anarchy symbol on Carlson’s driveway and allegedly pounded so loudly on the front door that Carlson’s wife thought she was the victim of a home invasion. (RELATED: Tucker Reveals His Thoughts On The Mob That Surrounded His Home)
Police are currently investigating the incident as a hate crime.
On their Twitter account, Smash Racism DC posted videos of themselves harassing Carlson’s family and posted a photo containing Carlson’s home address. The tweets remained on the platform for several hours until The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to Twitter for comment.
A Fox News employee told Tribune Media’s Scott Gustin that Fox is concerned with how slow Twitter was to remove the posts containing Carlson’s address.
“A Fox News employee tells me Fox is choosing to stay silent while protesting how Twitter handled posts targeting Tucker Carlson — specifically the ones that included his address,” Gustin said. “According to a source, Facebook was prompt when alerted to posts that included his home address. Twitter support reportedly told Fox to ‘open a ticket’ and did not remove the posts.”
Business Insider reported Sunday that Fox’s managing editor Greg Wilson instructed digital staff to refrain from tweeting out Fox News-related content from their accounts.
“Please refrain from tweeting out our content from either section accounts or your own accounts until further notice,” the email reportedly read.
Fox News’ Twitter account has 18.2 million followers and routinely gets thousands of interactions on its tweets. They’ve tweeted over 400k times since joining the platform in 2007.