Feminist journalist sues Twitter for banning her ‘Women aren’t men’ tweet
SAN FRANCISCO. California, February 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Feminist writer Meghan Murphy has filed a lawsuit against Twitter because she was banned by the social media giant after she criticized so-called transgender people.
A Canadian, Murphy frequently writes on gender politics and is the founder of Feminist Current, an influential feminist website. In 2017, she spoke before the Senate of Canada and described her reasons for opposing transgender ideology. On Facebook and YouTube, she explained the reasons for the lawsuit.
Murphy wrote that Twitter “allows porn, as well as accounts that enable sex trafficking, on their platform, but ban women who speak the truth about material reality and challenge the idea that individuals can change sex through self-declaration.” She alleged that Twitter refers to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to “shut down and silence women who share opinions and arguments they don’t like,” even while the platform allows “illegal activities, violent threats, and pornography.” Murphy also claimed that Twitter refuses to hold “predatory men to account.”
According to Murphy, Twitter banned her in November, “presumably for violating Twitter’s new rules on ‘misgendering,’ though no one from the company has ever explained the reason for my ban, as certainly I have never engaged in ‘hateful conduct’ on the platform, which were never made known to users.”
The first news report on Twitter’s new rules was published just 20 minutes after she was banned, she said, and “Twitter is not going to get away with this hypocritical, dishonest, entirely sketchy and unlawful behavior. We cannot allow multi-billion dollar companies to dictate free speech!”
Murphy wrote that Twitter permanently suspended her account in November after she tweeted, “‘Yeah, it’s him’” about a male who identifies as transgender but who continues to use his male name on social media, including Twitter, as well as in a Google review “I shared as part of my tweet. My account had previously been locked for posting such seemingly innocuous statements and questions as, ‘Men aren’t women,’ and, ‘How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?’”
National Review reported that Murphy deleted several October tweets reading: “Women aren’t men” and “how are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?”
Another tweet read, “I’m not allowed to say that men aren’t women or ask questions about the notion of transgenderism at all anymore?” She also tweeted, “That a multi-billion dollar company is censoring basic facts and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma is insane.”
Murphy’s lawyers have filed the lawsuit in a San Francisco court, charging “false advertising” and “deceptive” practices. The suit demands an injunction that would order Twitter to cease and desist from “enforcing its unannounced and viewpoint discriminatory ‘misgendering’” rule. Murphy wants Twitter to lift any suspension or ban due to their “misgendering” policy, and to cease and desist “promulgating or enforcing any other rules or policies that discriminate based on viewpoint.”