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It’s Been Over 24 Hours Since Kathy Griffin Wanted Covington Catholic School Boys Doxxed. Twitter Hasn’t Taken Down Her Tweets

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter
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Comedian Kathy Griffin’s Twitter posts calling people to shame and identify the Catholic high school boys who wore Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats still remain on the social media site more than 24 hours later.

“I want NAMES,” Griffin tweeted Sunday at 5:25 am. “Shame them. If you think these fuckers wouldn’t dox you in a heartbeat, think again.”

She made a similar call in a separate tweet at 7:25 a.m. on Sunday.

“Posting a person’s private information without their express permission is a direct violation of the Twitter Rules,” a Twitter spokesperson said to The Daily Caller News Foundation over email.

Some have called on Twitter to remove Griffin’s post.

But promoting doxxing apparently does not violate Twitter’s policy.

Examples of private information include non-public personal email, personal home addresses and credit card information.

Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, however, says it is committed to “combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance.”

Griffin’s tweets came after a video showing an encounter between Covington Catholic High School boys wearing MAGA hats and Native American Elder Nathan Phillips went viral. The initial video made it appear as though the boys were mocking Phillips — but a full, unedited version shows Phillips approached the students. (RELATED: Thomas Massie Stands With MAGA Hat Kids)

Some people’s calls for the boys to be identified led to efforts that misidentified the students and leaked the personal information of people who had nothing to do with the incident.

In the past, Twitter has taken action to suspend users or remove tweets that violate their standards.

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a non-profit focused on researching the results of legal and illegal immigration, was not permitted to promote tweets that contained the phrase “illegal alien.” One of the tweets included TheDCNF’s obtained video of trespassers crossing the southern border through a rancher’s farm. CIS received a notification from Twitter in September 2018 that their tweets were considered “Hateful Content,” although Twitter later said after media coverage of the move that the action was taken in error.

Twitter gave the same response when it banned conservative commentator Candace Owens for 12 hours. Owens was mimicking New York Times editorial board member Sarah Jeong’s anti-white tweets — but Owens received a notification saying her tweet about Jewish people violated Twitter rules.

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