— Anonymous (@occupythemob) February 9, 2013
The article in The Next Web linked in the tweet above is more than a year old and has nothing to do with former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. Nonetheless, the @Occupythemob tweet has been re-tweeted more than 1,600 times and a lot of Tweeters are repeating the accusation that Twitter has been censoring Dorner-related tweets.
Shame on Twitter for the censorship of the Chris Dorner LAPD hashtag. No First Amendment on Twitter is this China? … tmi.me/JRyEL
— Stephanie Devins (@MzJulesNYC) February 9, 2013
— Death Famine & War (@EseJandro) February 9, 2013
— Kelsey Duckett (@KelseyDuckett) February 10, 2013
— Sharon(@srb2245) February 10, 2013
Twitter is censoring all tweets with the word #Dorner. WTF?! This is the Internet, LAPD!
— Jess H. (@Jess92) February 10, 2013
— Short Shift Studios (@Art4Gearheads) February 10, 2013
— Zane Johnson (@DJ_Contraption) February 10, 2013
Twitter censoring dorner hashtags?!?!?! Well I be damned. Thought I lived in AMERICA!
— StarStuddedStatik ® (@statik310) February 10, 2013
— Arthur Demurchyan (@KingArt86) February 10, 2013
— Resident Bad Girl (@MsLuxeSociety) February 10, 2013
— rakingmuck (@rakingmuck) February 9, 2013
I was wondering why Instagram is censoring certain Dorner hashtags, then I realized who owns it. Twitter is now censored too. Whores.
— Inspector Ratchet (@Jojabber) February 9, 2013
At least one Twitter users accused Twitter of going one step further, censoring tweets complaining about censorship:
— Victor Licata (@VictorLicata1) February 10, 2013
Twitchy has searched in vain for any evidence whatsoever in support of these allegations.
Our verdict: Hoax.