Twitter Bans Catholic Media Outlet for ‘Hate Speech’
Outrage after tech giant locks out respectable Catholic media outlet
Tech giant Twitter locked out respectable Catholic media outlet, Catholic World Report (CWR) for supposed "hateful conduct."
The ban was supposedly for describing Joe Biden's HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine as a "biological man."
The following tweet was posted by CWR journalist Matt Hadro earlier this month:
"Biden plans to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman who has served as Pennsylvania's health secretary since 2017, to be HHS Assistant Secretary for Health."
"Levine is also a supporter of the contraceptive mandate."
Biden plans to nominate Dr. Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman who has served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary since 2017, to be HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. Levine is also a supporter of the contraceptive mandate. https://t.co/mY1Y8S5p2S— Catholic World Report (@cworldreport) January 19, 2021
CWR received the following e-mail from Twitter:
Your account, @cworldreport has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules.
Violating our rules against hateful conduct.
You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.
Please note that repeated violations may lead to a permanent suspension of your account. Proceed to Twitter now to fix the issue with your account.
Carl Olson, the editor of CWR, said:
"It seems evident that Twitter's focus is the description of Levine as a 'biological man identifying as a transgender woman.
"'Since Levine is 'transgender,' it's curious as to why Twitter would think it harmful or hateful to note what Levine is 'trans-gendering' from or to."
Olson also notes that Twitter is making media outlets "jump through arbitrary and constantly-changing rhetorical and ideological hoops."
It is also "implicitly making CWR admit to hateful or bigoted language, even though such was never the case."
Two days later, on January 27th, CWR received the following response:
Thank you for your patience as we reviewed your appeal request for account, @cworldreport, regarding the following:
Our support team has determined that a violation did take place, and therefore we will not overturn our decision.
You will not be able to access Twitter through your account due to violations of the Twitter Rules, specifically our rules around:
In order to restore account functionality, you can resolve the violations by logging into your account and completing the on-screen instructions.
Biden announced Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) earlier this month.
Levine is openly transgender, and such a role would mark the first trans official confirmed by the United States Senate.