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Ricky Vaughn Detained, Here’s What We Know So Far

Ricky Vaughn Detained, Here’s What We Know So Far
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Ricky Vaughn Detained, Here’s What We Know So Far

Several Twitter users are criticizing the micro-blogging site Twitter for suspending the account of a man known as Ricky Vaughn.

While it isn’t his real name, the individual’s Twitter account has become massively popular in recent months. Following the suspension of his account, hashtag #FreeRicky became trending on Twitter.

Vaughn is a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and is widely known in the alt-right community – a movement which was first spoken about by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Ricky Vaughn: Trump Supporter ‘Right-Wing Nativist’

“This is not conservatism as we have known it,” Clinton had said, as reported by the Washington Post in August. “This is not Republicanism as we have know it. These are race-baiting ideas, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas, anti-woman –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the ‘Alt-Right.’”

According to the Daily Beast, Vaughn has described himself as a “right-wing nativist.”

Speaking about his support for Trump, Vaughn said in an interview with Radix that Trump has allowed people like him to raise their voice.

“I feel that Donald Trump has sort of broken a spell, the spell of political correctness that was hanging over everyone’s heads, and I’ve been much more frank with my views in meatspace in the last three months, and it’s very liberating,” Vaughn said.

On Wednesday Vaughn’s account was suspended by Twitter. It hasn’t been made clear whether a particular post caused Twitter to suspend his account. While he has filed an appeal, and is waiting for a response, users are criticizing the micro-blogging site for blocking the account; according to them, it is an act of censoring Trump supporters.

As a result, #FreeRicky started trending.

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Ricky Vaughn: Suspension of Twitter Account

The rules, violating which can lead to suspension of an account, can be read here.

While some users say CEO Jack Dorsey is going out of his way to block users and content he does not agree with, others commended the move, saying it was required to address social media’s issues with abuse and harassment.

Nevertheless, Ricky Vaughn is not the individual’s real name. His picture on Facebook is a black-and-white image of Charlie Sheen from Major League, wearing a red cap bearing “Make America Great Again.”

Speaking about his identity in an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, he said, “It was just a good avatar at the time, simple and recognizable. I didn’t expect that the account would become one of the Big Accounts.”

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