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Journalist Caroline Downey reports that “the Babylon Bee, a
websiteChristian joker, was suspended from Twitter this Sunday for making a satirical post that called cabinet member Rachel Levine ‘man of the year’. By notifying the website that you account was suspended, Twitter claimed the article violated its rules against ‘hateful conduct’. ‘You may not promote violence against, or threaten, or harass others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious illness,’ the notice read.
As reported, Twitter has promised to restore the account in hours, but only on condition that Babylon Bee delete the tweet deemed problematic.”
It is part of the policy of Twitter users not claiming (or joking) that transgender individuals are not really the sex they believe they belong to? If yes, the company should say it clearly, so that its 200 millions of homeowners know where they are.
Twitter is a private company, and you can make it a rule if you like. Now, if Twitter deems it appropriate, it can make up rules as long as it feels like it. But it shouldn’t, as this is a recipe for whims and chaos.
In theory, “You may not promote violence against, or threaten, or harass others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious illness” seems clear and simple.
In practice, it is nothing like that. Right now, there are people on Twitter openly wishing that Clarence Thomas dies. Day after day, the same people write that Thomas “is not black”, and even that he is a “race traitor”. For some reason, they never seem to take suspension.
assume that Twitter’s defense is that these people are somehow “different.” If so, Twitter should admit this difference and help us understand where its boundaries are drawn.
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