Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - Montana Senator Steve Daines was suspended from Twitter for posting a photo of a successful hunt.

Twitter posted the notification that stated that his account was suspended for:

Violating our rules against graphic violence or adult content in profile images.

You may not include graphic violence or adult content in your profile photo or header image.

We consider graphic violence to be any form of gory media related to death, serious injury, violence or surgical procedure. Ewe consider adult content to be any media that is pornographic and/or may be intended to cause sexual arousal. Learn more about our media policy.'

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One response came almost immediately from fellow Senator Ted Cruz, with a photo of Daines in a line-up with the hashtag ‘Free Steve Daines’.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement after his Twitter account was locked because of his profile picture of him and his wife hunting and later restored after Elon Musk announced changes to Twitter policy.

“I am grateful Elon Musk reached out to me to resolve this issue and am glad that he recognizes that free speech is a bedrock of our country, and acted quickly to reinstate my Twitter account after being made aware of its suspension. 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 Montanans share on social media every day. It’s our Montana way of life and we are proud of it. I am glad Elon Musk recognizes this. The rest of the country benefits from the acceptance of diverse thoughts and values, including Montana values.” 

Daines received a notification last night that his Twitter account was locked for displaying “graphic violence.” The issue was resolved this afternoon and Daines’ account has been restored.

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