by Jon Street, Campus Reform:
- A Texas group is threatening to release personal information of incoming freshmen who plan to join conservative student groups.
- The group, Autonomous Student Network, was previously banned from Twitter after releasing information belonging to Brett Kavanaugh supporters.
The Autonomous Student Network in Austin, Texas, a group that was previously suspended from Twitter after posting private information belonging to supporters of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is now threatening to do the same to incoming University of Texas-Austin freshmen who join conservative student organizations.
“Hey #UT23! Do you wanna be famous? If you join YCT [Young Conservatives of Texas] or Turning Point USA, you just might be. Your name and more could end up on an article like one of these,” the group tweeted earlier in June, linking to a page on its website, on which it previously posted the private information, including emails and phone numbers, of Kavanaugh supporters.
“So be sure to make smart choices at #UTOrientation,” the group added.
A separate tweet read, “the best #LonghornStateOfMind is an antifascist one. If you begin to spot the young racists trying to join YCT or TPUSA, send us a tip so we can keep our reports up to date #UT23. Also, if you’re an antifascist/anarchist/autonomy inclined Longhorn, reach out & let’s link up!”
The same Twitter account that threatened to release the personal information of students who join conservative groups also marked the 15th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s death by tweeting a picture of the Republican president’s grave, along with the words, “Reagan died today [retweet] to piss on his grave.”
Additionally, the group used its Twitter account to solicit donations for legal fees to support the four Texas State University students arrested in connection with an incident in which a conservative student’s Make America Great Again hat was knocked off his head and stolen.
Sebastian Quaid, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at Texas State University, called the group’s threats “completely ridiculous!”