A student Conservative society has been banned from social media after criticizing the hostile attitude towards free speech on its campus.
The University of Lincoln Conservative Society vanished from Facebook and announced a two-month Twitter hiatus yesterday in mysterious circumstances.
Claims later emerged that bosses at Lincoln University’s students’ union revoked the Conservatives’ social media access as punishment for highlighting their poor record on free speech.
A sister Conservative society at nearby Hull University said the Lincoln chapter was accused of bringing the university “into disrepute” by tweeting about its dismal performance in an annual free speech ranking.
This appears to be the post in question:
— Conservative Society (@LincConSoc) February 14, 2017
The message – a screeengrab from the website spiked – was sent the day after its annual free speech rankings was published, awarding Lincoln a red card – the worst possible score.
The page goes on to say:
The students’ union, which has maintained its Red ranking, has a No Platform policy, banning racists and fascists; an Equal Opportunities policy, restricting offensive speech; and a Safe Space policy, which means controversial speakers can be ejected if any complaint is made against them. It has also banned the social-media app YikYak.
Less than a month later the society announced its suspension from social media, referring only to a “disciplinary matter”.
It did not comment directly on reason for the ban, but said it would not tweet until May 1st “due to SU orders”.
Heat Street asked Lincoln Students’ Union detailed questions about how the ban came about, but they declined to answer.
Featured image via Lincoln Conservatives and Flickr/Gregor Smith