Laura Loomer heckles Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at Miami meet, claims he's 'interfering with elections'
Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey was interrupted by political activist, Laura Loomer while he was talking about bitcoin being the 'native currency' of the internet. The 28-year-old anti-Muslim political activist heckled Dorsey for censorship on Twitter. Laura registered her protest against the new censorship rules and accused Dorsey of "interfering" with people's rights.
Laura attacked Dorsey at the bitcoin reference for being a 'giant hypocrite about censorship and freedom of speech'. "Censorship is human rights violation, " she said. “How can you say that this is a currency for everyone in the world when you are the king of censorship?” Loomer shouted, according to Newsweek. “Bitcoin is about decentralization, and you have no right to be here today speaking about this.” Following her gimmick, Laura was quickly escorted out.
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Dorsey, 44, was speaking at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami. He was joined by Alex Gladstein, the chief strategy officer of Human Rights Foundation and an advocate for the sovereign potential of Bitcoin, during the discussion. Gladstein asked Dorsey about how the open-source model of Bitcoin could inspire a censorship-free social media platform. Dorsey said, "By creating a new [social media] platform ... inspired entirely by Bitcoin, we want to do the same thing for Twitter." As Laura interrupted him, Dorsey said, "I know you don't believe me, I know you're calling me 'liar.' I'm going to prove it to you."
He also addressed the censorship on the site. “I know there’s a number of you out there who disagree with a lot of actions that Twitter’s taken,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of you out there who disagree with our policies and the way we’ve evolved them. I appreciate it. I recognize it.”
Lady freaks out on @jack at @TheBitcoinConf #Bitcoin pic.twitter.com/glS3jdJ5vs— Daniel Mateö (@valueandtime) June 4, 2021
Laura Elizabeth Loomer, 28, is no stranger to making noise. Twitter banned Loomer back in 2018 after she posted a tweet about Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar. In her tweet, Laura mentioned that Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, was "anti-Jewish" and that her religion pushed homophobia and abuse of women. Laura had registered her protest against getting banned from the platform by handcuffing herself to the glass doors leading into Twitter's Manhattan headquarters. "It's almost as if Twitter hates Jews and conservatives. When is Jack Dorsey going to stop censoring conservatives? When am I going to get my Twitter back? I'll be here as long as it takes, " she said.
The American far-right and anti-Muslim political activist is a known conspiracy theorist, and internet personality. She was the Republican nominee to represent Florida's 21st congressional district in the 2020 United States House of Representatives elections. She lost to Democrat Lois Frankel. Until 2017, Loomer worked for 'Project Veritas', which is a right-wing organization known for producing 'secretly recorded and deceptively edited' undercover audio and video investigations about media organizations and left-leaning groups.
Internet reacts to Laura Loomer's 'shenanigan'
Twitter was outraged over Loomer's heckling of Twitter CEO over censorship issues. While some agreed with her stance, some condemned her act. One user wrote supporting her, "Jack Dorsey, why don't you do the right thing and allow all voices to be heard? Seriously, what are you so afraid of? That people will think for themselves?." Another wrote, "Jack Dorsey is the equivalent to the soul of Nazi." One of the comments slamming Loomer read, "Hearing Laura Loomer just lost it on Jack Dorsey at a Bitcoin event in Miami -for censorship Sorry, dopey Laura, wrong platform It's Facebook you're mad at today.. But hey, keep it up! Rational America really appreciates the help getting Trump permanently banned from Twitter!" Another tweet read, "Laura Loomer is a racist islamaphobic loser who feels important bc every once and a while she trends on twitter for doing some dumb shit like she did today with Jack Dorsey."
Jack Dorsey, why don't you do the right thing and allow all voices to be heard?— See Clearly - 🇺🇸 AMERICA first! (@annierrobins) June 4, 2021
Seriously, what are you so afraid of?
That people will think for themselves?
Jack Dorsey is the equivalent to the soul of Nazi— Aaron s (@motys2021) June 4, 2021
Hearing Laura Loomer just lost it on Jack Dorsey at a Bitcoin event in Miami— Mona (@Monaheart1229) June 4, 2021
Sorry, dopey Laura, wrong platform
It's Facebook you're mad at today..
But hey, keep it up!
Rational America really appreciates the help getting Trump permanently banned from Twitter!
Laura Loomer is a racist islamaphobic loser who feels important bc every once and a while she trends on twitter for doing some dumb shit like she did today with Jack Dorsey— GOP Ethics (@GOP_Ethics) June 4, 2021