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Elon Musk steps in after a senator’s Twitter account was suspended over a hunting photo


Twitter Inc. reinstated the account of a Republican senator after the social-media platform blocked him over a hunting photo he posted that was flagged for “graphic violence.” 

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana said Tuesday he was notified Monday night that his account was locked because his profile picture showed him and his wife posing with a dead antelope. 

“The initial ban over the profile photo of my wife and me after a successful Montana antelope hunt was disappointing given the fact that it is no different than photos that Montanans share on social media everyday,” Mr. Daines said in a statement. “It’s our Montana way of life and we are proud of it.”

Mr. Daines’ account was suspended for much of Tuesday. Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) tweeted his support for Mr. Daines, calling for the Republican’s Twitter account to be reinstated. 

By Tuesday afternoon, the account was restored. Mr. Daines said he was grateful that Twitter owner Elon Musk had reached out to him to resolve the issue. 

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