Twitter suspends Trump's ally Roger Stone

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But Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser and longtime GOP operative, said that he has experienced harassment on the social media site, and that Twitter's decision to suspend his account seemed meant to "silence conservative voices".

Twitter suspended Stone's account for just over three hours this weekend when he appeared to respond to CNN's Friday night report that charges were filed in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.

On Friday, in a series of offensive tweets, Stone lashed out at some of CNN's personalities, including anchors Jake Tapper and Don Lemon.

"Going after Tapper, Stone wrote: ".@jaketapper must be held accountable for his lies and very severely punished #Fakenewsasswipe". Since Stone's account is suspended and he was reportedly banned permanently, the original tweets can't be referenced directly.

Naturally, plenty of people screengrabbed Stone's meltdown and various news organizations cited the offending tweets.

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While he acted as an adviser during the early days of the Trump campaign, he left his role in disputed circumstances in August 2015 - Mr Stone says he quit, Mr Trump says he was sacked. "You fake news you dumb piece of shit", Stone wrote [sic], according to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the first outlets to report on the ban. By any measure, though, several of Stone's tweets violated Twitter's standards of conduct, which bar "hateful conduct", "harassment" and messages that promote violence.

"I have been informed that I have been suspended for 3 hours and 12 minutes", he told BuzzFeed.

In an email with Buzzfeed, a Twitter spokesperson referred to Twitter's policy around harassment and abuse as a potential reason why the account may have been blocked. He says in the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone that he got Mr Trump to run for president.

Gizmodo has reached out to Twitter for independent confirmation that Stone's ban from the platform is permanent. In a statement to TheWrap, the former Trump campaign advisor accused "the tech left" of attempting to "silence conservative voices" and vowed to bring legal action against the social media network. "The battle for free speech has just begun".

Mr Stone has said he will sue Twitter for blocking his account.

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