Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro made a very public attempt to expose whether Twitter has a "double standard" in dealing with harassment by reporting Rosie O'Donnell for obscene tweets.
Reacting to a vulgar tweet the actress sent in his direction, Shapiro suggested that if the liberal O'Donnell were a conservative figure the social media platform would take disciplinary action.
Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard. Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is. #MeToo— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 22, 2017
This week O’Donnell appeared to offer a $2 million cash bribe to Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins to vote against the GOP’s tax reform bill which ultimately passed and was signed by President Trump.
Shapiro was one of several people to rebuke O'Donnell for the tweet, harping on the illegality of offering money to public officials try to influence official acts.
"If Trump orders [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions to investigate Rosie, he will be carved into Rushmore by Friday," he tweeted.
O'Donnell replied in a now-deleted tweet: "suck my dick ben."
Shapiro, who is editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, later revealed Twitter's response, which showed that its assessment of O'Donnell's tweet found no violation of its rules.
"Surprise of surprises," Shapiro tweeted snarkily.
Surprise of surprises, Twitter says that @Rosie's tweets were not in fact abusive in any way under their rules. Good to know. pic.twitter.com/6tMuIWRgth— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 22, 2017
Shaprio revealed on Sunday that Twitter had changed its mind and had the tweets deleted.
Shapiro explained that it wasn't his intent to get O'Donnell barred from Twitter, but rather to see if Twitter played favorites. Twitter this year has cracked down on right-wing figures, banning some while stripping verification badges for others.
“It's an attempt to clarify Twitter's standards. I don't actually want them to ban or suspend Rosie. I want them to stop applying their own rules inconsistently," he said.
O'Donnell, Shapiro revealed, blocked him on Twitter.