Twitter has suspended the account of a Canadian feminist after she criticized a transgender activist and posted comments such as “Women aren’t men.”
The woman, Meghan Murphy, says she does not identify politically with either the Left or the Right, although she says the Right is more open to a free exchange of ideas.
“I think it is .... very important that we engage with those we may disagree with on various issues, and don’t think it serves us to ignore, mock, or dismiss people because they don’t share our exact political ideology,” Murphy wrote in a column for FeministCurrent.
But Murphy apparently won’t be engaging in an exchange of ideas on Twitter, which initially locked her out of her account in August for criticizing a man who identifies as a woman. She was told she had violated Twitter’s “rules against hateful conduct.”
She was allowed back into her account after deleting the Tweets but then was locked out for 12 hours after posting this Tweet: “Hi @Twitter, I’m a journalist. Am I no longer permitted to report facts on your platform?” She deleted it.
In mid-November, she again was locked out due to Tweets from October. One said, “Women aren’t men,” and another asked, “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?”
She deleted the Tweet but then ranted on Twitter, “This is f---ing bull---t, @twitter. I’m not allowed to say that men aren’t women or ask questions about the notion of transgenderism at all anymore? That a multi-billion dollar company is censoring basic facts and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma is insane.”
Murphy was then locked out of her account and hasn’t been allowed back in since.
“What is insane to me … is that while Twitter knowingly permits graphic pornography and death threats on the platform (I have reported countless violent threats, the vast majority of which have gone unaddressed), they won’t allow me to state very basic facts, such as ‘men aren’t women,’” Murphy wrote. “This is hardly an abhorrent thing to say, nor should it be considered ‘hateful’ to ask questions about the notion that people can change sex, or ask for explanations about transgender ideology.”
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