Twitter Hides Scarred Army Veteran’s Face

By Hannah Claire Brimelow

Twitter labeled a photo of retired Army Captain Sam Brown “potentially sensitive content.” 

The veteran is a Republican senatorial candidate in Nevada. Brown suffered severe burns to his face after an IED explosion while he served in Afghanistan in 2008. 

To commemorate Independence Day this year, Brown tweeted “On July 4, 1776, America was born. On July 4, 2021, we’re still the best country on this planet.” 

His post included a photo of himself in uniform saluting with the words ‘Freedom Isn’t Free’ in the corner. 

Twitter hid the photo from immediate view with the warning “The following media includes potentially sensitive content.” 

Brown responded “Hey @Twitter, I didn’t realize my face was ‘sensitive content’” and suggested the warning had more to do with his entrance into the Nevada senate race. 

Speaking with Fox News about Twitter’s actions, he said “While I was ready to lay down my life in order to protect freedom of speech for my fellow Americans, Big Tech today decided that they know better, censoring me and deeming my comments regarding this great nation ‘Sensitive Content.’ These egregious and un-American actions come mere hours after I took steps to file and establish my candidacy for the United States Senate in Nevada, reinforcing my belief that ‘Big Tech’ is working against conservatives and trying to silence our voices.” 

The social media platform has a history of subjectively screening content on its platform. Last Summer, Tucker Carlson’s tweet ridiculing Seattle’s police-free Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ)  was restricted a “potentially sensitive content.” 

The same warning was added to a photo of a three-year-old with Down Syndrome in October of 2020, according to a post from Students For Life 

Twitter introduced this update, supposedly to reduce online abuse, in 2017. At the time, Gizmodo reported “What user behaviors lead to receiving protected account status remain unclear. Adding to the uncertainty is the question of why individual profiles are marked this way only some of the time.” 

In 2012, GQ recounted Brown’s harrowing experience of being a man on fire in a Middle Eastern desert during combat. After the explosion, while shots were exchanged, fire burned through Brown’s sleeves and melted his gloves into the skin on his hands. Brown ultimately took part in a VR video-game-based treatment for PTSD and pain relief

Brown is highly decorated and graduated from West Point in 2006. He has received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Accommodation Medal with “Valor” Device, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Air Assault Badge, Airborne Badge, and Ranger Tab for his military service. 

At this time, Twitter has not commented on its decision to hide Brown’s photo. 

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15 responses to “Twitter Hides Scarred Army Veteran’s Face”

  1. Yobuyahouse says:

    absolutely disgusting!

  2. smymfnc says:

    What in the actual fuck… Twitter is unbelievable… how is this not considered an attack on the disabled… isn’t that guy that outed Andy Ngo in Portland all burned up John Hacker I think k his name is… I bet Twitter never called his face sensitive content… how do they just continue to get away with this stuff… how do they sleep at night… why do we the people just sit back and let these crazy leftists do this crap… we need a leader to unite us we need to stop with the individualism and form a teem we need to push back HARD

  3. Fluffypuppies says:

    I am a veteran. He’s a fucking hero as is all that have served. Don’t see snowflakes signing up! Bitch asses

  4. DanDanRigMan says:

    Don’t want to upset the lemmings. It’s way easier to point them at a something shiny. He should claim to be a victim of the Klan, the twits would line up offer him their firstborn then.

  5. Skookum says:

    These tech giants disgust me

  6. ABCD says:

    This article should not be behind the pay wall.

  7. matguerra says:

    Absolutely disgusting. I’d expect nothing less from these fucking children. Get off Twitter.

  8. PetraTilling says:

    Great article.

  9. Superwhitt21 says:

    Tess Holiday is more offensive to look at than a soldier who has been through battle. Bring back Al Bundy!!!

  10. ItsBrently says:

    Brave dude. Thanks for sharing his story. Followed him on Twitter.

  11. Bridges says:

    And people are afraid to fight

  12. UppityG says:

    Yet more Sec 230 violation. Twitter and FB sure have paid off enough judges, haven’t they.

  13. Mike_G says:

    war? what war?

  14. Jpulaski17 says:

    I was going to say the same but you beat me to it

  15. MaineWolf says:

    Porns on Twitter but not Brown’s face. 100% logic