Fox News went silent on Twitter — and it could be because of protesters who showed up at Tucker Carlsons house

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News host Tucker Carlson.

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  • Fox News reportedly made the “conscious decision” to
    refrain from tweeting following an activist group’s protest
    that erupted at the home of Fox News opinion host, Tucker
    Carlson.
  • The news organization, which has over 18 million
    Twitter followers, had gone silent for more than 24 hours as of
    Friday.
  • Fox News sources reportedly told
    a Tribune Media employee
    the company is engaging in a silent
    protest due to Twitter’s response to users who were posting
    Carlson’s home address on the social media platform.
  • Facebook, which Fox News continues to publish stories
    from, is said to have responded promptly after being
    alerted.
  • It is not unclear when Fox News will begin tweeting again.

Fox News
reportedly made the “conscious decision” to refrain from tweeting
following a protest that erupted on Fox News host Tucker
Carlson’s doorstep on Wednesday night.

Around a dozen protesters aligned with the self-described
anti-fascist group “Smash Racism DC” showed up at Carlson’s home
in Washington, DC, nearly two hours before the opinion-show
host’s 8 p.m. program on Fox News. While some of the
demonstrators chanted slogans on the street in front of Carlson’s
home, at least one showed up at his doorstep.

Carlson, who was at work at the time, claimed that his wife was
home when a protester allegedly threw “himself against the front
door and actually cracked the front door,” according to The Washington Post. Police
reportedly
confirmed
that members of the group also spray-painted an
anarchy symbol on the driveway, and left signs on vehicles.

A source at Fox News explained that the protests at Carlson’s
home, which Carlson described as “a threat,” was the reason the
company has refrained from tweeting for more than 24 hours as of
Friday, according to a
Mediaite
report.


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Another Fox News source cited by a Tribune Media content manager
Scott Gustin reportedly
said the decision not to tweet came from “the highest level” of
the company.

The hiatus is said to be a protest of Twitter’s response to
complaints that users were posting Carlson’s home address online.

Twitter’s technical support function is believed to have advised
the news organization to submit a ticket request. and did not
delete tweets containing Carlson’s address, Gustin
said
.

Facebook, which Fox News continues to publish stories from,
reportedly responded promptly after being alerted.

It is unclear when Fox News will begin tweeting again, but
Gustin’s source reportedly explained that
the company will continue its self-imposed exile until Twitter
apologizes and removes the offending tweets.

Fox News representatives declined to comment to Business Insider
on the record. Twitter did not respond to numerous requests for
comment as of Friday night.

Videos of the demonstration at Carlson’s home were uploaded on
the group’s Twitter account but were later deleted.

“Racist scumbag, leave town,” the protesters chanted in the
video.

“We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night,” a
protestors said on a loudspeaker. “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!
We know where you sleep at night!”

Journalists and media personalities from other networks have
widely condemned the protest.


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“Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right,” comedian
Stephen Colbert tweeted on Thursday. “Targeting his home and
terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice.
Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it
happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters.”

Fox News’ CEO Suzanne Scott and president Jay Wallace reportedly
issued a joint statement denouncing the protest.

“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was
reprehensible,” the two executives said. “The violent threats and
intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely
unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant of
different points of view.”

“Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for
a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation,”
they added. “Those of us in the media and in politics bear a
special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”

The same group confronted Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and
his wife at
a DC restaurant
in October, amid the fallout from Justice
Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearings.

Carlson did not appear for his nightly program on Friday. Fox
News personality Brian Kilmeade stood in for him instead.

“For every masked lunatic in front of my house, there have been a
hundred people, some of whom I don’t agree with politically,
calling or sending texts of support and kindness,” Carlson said
to Kilmeade during a phone interview.

“And it’s just a reminder of what a really nice country it is.”