Twitter bans ‘misgendering, deadnaming’ as ‘hateful conduct’ in updated rules
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November 26, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Referring to gender-confused individuals by their actual sex is now “hateful” conduct on par with racial slurs, according to new Twitter guidelines defining grounds for banning users from the platform.
The company’s “Hateful conduct policy” says Twitter’s mission is to “give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information, and to express their opinions and beliefs without barriers,” with special concern for “the voices of those who have been historically marginalized.” It also claims to believe “free expression is a human right,” and that public conversation “requires representation of a diverse range of perspectives.”
“We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” it now reads. “This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming” of transgender people. Punishment ranges from being asked to remove “violating content” and a “period of time in read-only mode before [violators] can Tweet again,” to “permanent account suspension” for repeat violations.
The change was officially made in October but is just now gaining notice in the media, The Blaze reports.
The homosexual news site PinkNews reports that pro-LGBT Twitter users are ecstatic about the news, but others are alarmed at the potential to stifle debate on transgenderism, and silencing users who assert the scientific consensus that biological sex is rooted in an individual’s chromosomes and reflected in hundreds of genetic characteristics.
In their efforts to protect marginalized voices on their platform, @jack and @TwitterSupport have created a hostile environment that encourages bullying, intimidation, targeting and silencing of actual marginalized political voices.@Twitter censors political resistance. https://t.co/keEA7dh6ea— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) November 26, 2018
So Twitter is now banning people for stating the basic scientific fact that men are men and women are women, and that men cannot become women simply by thinking themselves so. Twitter vs. reality. https://t.co/Ur6ap8zNUN— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 25, 2018
With Twitter choosing to punish or ban the mention of a chistened name, “deadnaming” has now emerged as a highly privileged, extremely broad privacy right which removes others’ rights to speak about the past.— Corinna “Stop Breaking the Web” Cohn (@corinna_cohn) November 24, 2018
Earlier this month, Twitter cited Meghan Murphy, a Canadian feminist blogger who has criticized pro-trans efforts for their potential to undermine the rights of actual women, for “harassment” because she tweeted “men aren’t women” and “how are transwomen not men.” She protested “that a multi billion dollar company is censoring BASIC FACTS and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma,” and was subsequently banned.
“In light of my years of negative experiences trying to engage progressives on issues like pornography, prostitution, male violence, and now gender identity, I’ve unfortunately come to see many of them as cowardly, hypocritical, lacking in political and intellectual integrity, and disingenuous,” Murphy wrote in response.
“While of course there are leftists who are critical of the sex trade and trans activism,” she continued, “far too many of those who represent progressives (in North America, in particular) — politicians and leftist political parties, as well as activists and representatives of the labour movement — will not speak out about these issues nor will they defend the women being ripped to shreds for speaking out.”