Twitter Suspends Activist Shaun King’s Account
Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King’s Twitter account was suspended on Wednesday.
The move comes after King posted a screenshot of an email exchange with CNN editorial producer Andrea Lewis that included her contact information.
On Wednesday, Lewis reached out to King, who also writes for The New York Daily News, requesting an appearance on the network.
King, who was at the center of controversy in August after a conservative website published a report questioning his racial identity, was not thrilled to receive Lewis’ email.
The accusations forced King to release a response, detailing his personal past to clear up misconceptions about his identity.
CNN’s Don Lemon reported on the allegations, and King felt the network handled the situation poorly.
“Don Lemon talked about it many times on air and really butchered it,” King told The Huffington Post. “Frankly, I was really shocked [at the invitation] because in my mind and in my heart, in August, the way he handled my story was so egregious.”
So when Lewis contacted King, he responded by saying he would never appear on the network. He then posted the email exchange to his Twitter account. A version of the screenshot can be seen below:
King noticed his account was suspended after attempting to check his account while getting a haircut. He received an email from the social network informing him that his account would be reinstated if he deleted the tweet.
King told Huffington Post that he suspected the network contacted Twitter to have the post removed. CNN has not yet released a statement on the matter.
A spokesman for Twitter said the social media network does “not comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons.”
King deleted the tweet and his account was reinstated soon after.
He then expressed outrage in a series of tweets, which can be viewed here.