Twitter Restores Popular Beto O’Rourke Parody Account

Amber Athey | White House Correspondent

Twitter restored a popular Beto O’Rourke parody account Wednesday after initially banning the account in question for violating the terms of service.

The account, called “Beto’s Blog,” is run by an anonymous user who tweets parody versions of blog posts by failed Democratic Senate candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Beto’s Blog was permanently suspended from the platform Tuesday night for violating Twitter’s “impersonation” rules, according to a copy of the email provided to The Daily Caller. (RELATED: Two Conservatives Suspended From Twitter — One For Tweeting About Brussels Sprouts)

Beto's Blog Permanently Suspended From Twitter (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

Beto’s Blog Permanently Suspended From Twitter (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

The suspension sparked the ire of many high-profile conservatives who pointed out that there are a number of Twitter accounts impersonating President Donald Trump that are not obvious parodies.

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver wondered why Twitter did not ask Beto’s Blog to update its biography and Twitter handle to make clear it is a parody before banning the account.

Approximately two hours after The Daily Caller reached out for comment about the account ban, Twitter backtracked and sent an email to the account owner, indicating that it could be restored if the owner updated the bio and handle within 48 hours.

Beto's Blog Email Communication With Twitter (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

Beto’s Blog Email Communication With Twitter (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

Just 20 minutes later, the account was restored. Twitter reiterated that Beto’s Blog would have to update the bio and handle within 48 hours or it would be subject to permanent suspension again.

Beto's Blog Twitter Email (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

Beto’s Blog Twitter Email (Screenshot: The Daily Caller)

The account owner has since changed the account’s handle to “@BetoFakeBlog” and the account name to “Not Beto’s Journal.” The bio also clearly states that it is a “parody account.”

Twitter did not provide The Daily Caller with comment.

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