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Twitter's dangerous approach to hate speech

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Twitter's dangerous approach to hate speech

Post Neon Knight on Fri 21 Dec - 18:04

https://unherd.com/2018/12/twitters-dangerous-approach-to-hate-speech/ I'll just post the beginning and end:

A little over two weeks ago, I was permanently suspended from Twitter. My crime? ‘Misgendering’ – I referred to an individual who claims to identify as a “transwoman” (but who goes by a male, as well as a female, name) as “him”. Apparently, using male pronouns to describe a male violates Twitter’s rules against “hateful conduct.” But unless stating facts is hate speech, I had not said anything “hateful”. By deeming my comments ‘hateful conduct’, Twitter is allowing a minority of trans activists to determine what may and may not be said, and by whom . . .

I’m not the only one Twitter has banned for making rather basic statements about biology and reporting plain facts about the actions of trans activists – numerous women have told me they too have been suspended or banned in the past couple of weeks. The company appears to be systematically purging the platform of those who challenge trans orthodoxy and refer to men as “he” regardless of their identification as transwomen. Like Mayor Stewart, Twitter has consistently ignored literal threats of violence, instead targeting the victims of such threats as perpetrators of ‘hate’ speech.

To be honest, I don’t care what abhorrent commentary Twitter allows on the site, so long as they are consistent. Instead, they’ve adopted a nonsensical position that favours certain ideologies by censoring anyone who doesn’t get in line.

You might say, ‘Well, Twitter is a private company and can do what it likes’, but this is bigger than just Twitter. Those who rock the boat are being censored in universities, in the media, and in the public square – which in this day and age is really social media. Twitter is the place where we have become accustomed to engaging in and following debates, and sharing ideas and news. Even bad ideas, and even fake news. Think about it: Twitter, a multi-billion dollar company, is creating a false narrative by silencing dissent and controlling public discourse. That so many progressives are going along with this is shocking.

We should have pushed back harder, years ago, when we saw young activists begin to shut down – rather than simply challenge – ideas and speakers they disagreed with. Because now we’re facing a monster that is working to criminalise women for making feminist arguments, for publishing feminist writing, and for trying to protect their rights and boundaries. I hope Leftists and feminists will see that no one is safe if we don’t carefully protect free speech for all.

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