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OMAHA – Twitter has quashed the account suspension for newly appointed State Board of Education member Kirk Penner, saying he made the suspension in error.

In an email, the social media company told the World-Herald that it rescinded the suspension and informed Penner of the error. Twitter did not immediately provide additional information on what led to the suspension.

Penner, a businessman and former member of Aurora’s public school board, said in a tweet that the suspension stemmed from a photo taken after a goose hunt.

At 10:22 p.m. on Friday, Penner tweeted a screenshot that appeared to show Twitter asking him to remove his previous profile picture. The photo showed three people, dressed in camouflage, kneeling behind a row of dead geese. In the screenshot, Twitter said the image violates its rules against graphic violence or adult content in profile pictures.

“Goose hunting photos are not welcome on Twitter,” Penner wrote in a tweet sharing the screenshot. “I’ve been on my profile for 2 years. I had to change this image of goose hunting because obviously goose hunting is offensive. Interesting moment.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Penner’s appointment to the board on Thursday. After his appointment, social media users shared screenshots of posts shared by Penner, including one questioning vaccines for young children and another comparing Europe’s response to the pandemic to “the Nazi Germany ”.


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