Twitter Suspends Spanish Lawmaker for Saying 'a Man Cannot Get Pregnant'
Big Tech platform shuts down Francisco José Contreras for 'hate speech'
Twitter has suspended a Spanish lawmaker's account after he tweeted "a man cannot get pregnant" because "they have no uterus or eggs."
Francisco José Contreras, the deputy of Spain's right-wing Vox Party, was locked out of his Twitter account for 12 hours, with the social media platform notifying him he was in violation of its policies on "hate speech."
Contreras had shared a Spanish news article, which reported on a “pregnant man” who is giving birth to “his” child.
“That’s a lie,” Contreras commented on Twitter about the article.
“A man cannot get pregnant. A man has neither uterus nor ovaries.”
Despite stating a biological fact, Contreras was blocked by Twitter for 12 hours and informed his tweet had violated its policies prohibiting “hate, threats, harassment, and/or fomenting violence against people” based on “race, origin, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, or illness.”
Contreras said in a Facebook post on May 11 that he had received a message from Twitter that informed him that he had violated its policies on "hate speech" for the remarks.
“The hateful tweet (which I was forced to delete) was one that said: A man cannot get pregnant. A man has no womb or eggs,” Contreras tweeted in response to the suspension.
“You can see this is already fascist biology. Next time I’ll try 2 + 2 = 4.”
"Keep in mind that repeated defaults may lead to permanent suspension of your account," Twitter warned.
"Go to Twitter now to fix the problem with your account."
Contreras' supporters have started #AManCannotBePregnant in response to Twitter's decision.
"We will not yield to Twitter imposing a twisted (and anthropologically wrong) worldview," Contreras told LifeSite News.
"We will continue to speak the truth about human nature.
"Biological truth should not be regarded as ‘hate speech’.
"It’s biology, not bigotry."
This is not the first time that content from the Vox Party has been flagged.
According to Spanish publication Counting Stars, Twitter disabled the official Vox Party account for 24 hours during the country's election in January, after the group claimed that high crime rates were tied to North African immigrants.
Meanwhile, a CNN contributor has triggered outrage after he made several anti-Semitic statements on Twitter and praised Nazi leader Adolph Hitler.
The network was forced to fire far-left reporter Adeel Raja after he responded to the growing violence between Israel and Palestine by tweeting "The world today needs a Hitler."
During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Raja also wrote, “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals – Hitler was a German and he did good with those Jews!”
The next day Raja wrote: “Hail Hitler!”
In a now-deleted post, 37-year-old left-wing Bollywood star Veena Malik tweeted a graphic that read:
"I would have killed all the Jews of the world ... but I kept some to show the world why I killed them. Adolf Hitler"
However, despite the horrific nature of their posts, the accounts for both Raja and Malik are still active on Twitter, at the time of publishing.