Anyone who spends any amount of time on the political side of Twitter knows who Brian and Ed Krassenstein are. The two brothers were almost always the first trolls to comment on any thread started by President Trump. They have been stalwart members of #TheResistance since Day One.
A viral video circulated months ago in which Brian Krassenstein appeared to admit he and his brother were being paid to troll President Trump. The Krassensteins then stated that they faked the video and spread it around the Internet in order to bring awareness to fake news. Which makes total sense if you don’t think about it at all.
The Krassensteins also have an extremely cringe worthy podcast which doesn’t sound scripted at all.
Oh, and they also ran a Ponzi scheme and were raided by the Feds.
Now, however, it looks like the rank and file of #TheResistance will have to do without their not-so-Dear Leaders. The Daily Beast is reporting that Twitter has banned the Krassenstein trolls for operating fake accounts and purchasing fake interactions.
“The Twitter Rules apply to everyone,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “Operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions are strictly prohibited. Engaging in these behaviors will result in permanent suspension from the service.”
The suspensions are a major loss for the Krassensteins, who had used their massive Twitter followers and ability to quickly respond to tweets from Donald Trump to make themselves internet celebrities. Ed Krassenstein had roughly 925,000 followers before he was banned, while Brian Krassenstein had more than 697,000.
The brothers appeared to be unusually good at getting attention on Twitter. While the Twitter statement doesn’t explain what the Krassensteins allegedly did to illicitly promote their accounts, “fake interactions” could engage buying bots to retweet their posts, or buying fake followers to inflate their profiles on the site.
In a statement to The Daily Beast, the Krassensteins denied breaking Twitter rules.
“Twitter claims that we manipulated our interactions through the purchase of fake accounts and fake interactions,” the Krassenstein brothers said. “We have never once acquired anything for the purpose of increasing our Twitter presence.”
The Krassensteins say they only operated secondary accounts on Twitter to monitor death threats, as well as accounts for their businesses.
“None of those accounts were ever used for manipulative purposes as Twitter claims,” the Krassensteins said in the statement.
Ironically enough, Brian and Ed Krassenstein are avid champions of social media censorship. The Krassenstein trolls led the charge to take down the alt tech social media network Gab last year.
Gab is still around and just released it’s own browser, Dissenter.
Not only that, Gab’s CEO Andrew Torba actually offered the Krassenstein trolls sanctuary on Gab.
We have offered sanctuary to the Krassenstein brothers, who have been banned from Twitter. pic.twitter.com/xQp1Apsovz
— Gab.com (@getongab) May 24, 2019
The Krassenstein trolls are banned from Twitter and have essentially been deplatformed.
It’s kind of funny when you think about it.