The official Fox News Channel Twitter account has been silent since November 8 – a full month of dormancy on a platform that has been known to drive the political conversation, particularly in the Age of Trump.
While the network has made no public remarks about their boycott of the social media site, the absence began in the wake of an incident at host Tucker Carlson’s house in early November. When members of the Antifa group that terrorized Carlson’s wife posted photographs and doxxing information on Twitter, the site was slow to do anything about it. It is widely suspected that Fox News went dark on Twitter as a protest, though without official confirmation, we can’t know for certain.
What is known for certain is that Fox News executives took an extremely dim view of the protests.
“The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible,” CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace said in a statement at the time. “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. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground.”
Mediaite reported on November 9 that their sources inside the network told them that the boycott was all about the site’s lagging response to the doxxing. “This is a conscious decision in light of what was done to Tucker,” the source told them.
The boycott has raised eyebrows, simply due to the fact that Fox News has been so damn silent about it. While their Twitter accounts have gone dark, one might expect that company executives – or at least their primetime hosts – would say something about the logic behind the boycott. But there’s been nothing. If it weren’t for the actual fact of the Twitter account’s silence, you wouldn’t even know there was a boycott at all.
It’s a peculiar way to protest, but hey, it has us talking about it, so maybe there’s some method to the madness after all.