Twitter suspends GOP congresswoman over tweet about women’s sports

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A Republican member of the US House of Representatives who is running for the US Senate this year has had her Twitter account suspended because she opposed allowing trans-identified biological men to be allowed to compete in sports feminine.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri was suspended Monday for posting a tweet stating, “Women’s sports are for women, not men pretending to be women.

She included an ad criticizing policies allowing trans-identified biological men to compete in women’s sports, which have been put in place at the Olympic, college and some high school levels.

Hartzler’s Senate campaign manager Michael Hafner posted a screenshot of the notice Hartzler received from Twitter explaining that the post violated the platform’s rules. rules on “hateful conduct”.

Hafner caught on Twitter to call the social media site hypocritical because Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Twitter account remains active. He called Twitter’s actions a “sleep of stupidity”.

“Good: murderous psychopath who invades a sovereign nation causing death and destruction,” he tweeted on Monday. “WRONG: [House Armed Services Committee member and] Member of Congress who says women’s sport for women. MADNESS!”

Under Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy, users may not “promote violence against or directly attack or threaten others based on race, ethnicity, national origin, nationality, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious illness.

“We also don’t allow accounts whose primary purpose is to incite harm to others based on these categories,” the policy says.

Twitter says “research has shown that certain groups of people are disproportionately targeted for online abuse.” These groups include “women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex, asexual, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities.”

Although Twitter claims to protect “a wide range of views”, the platform is “committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, especially abuse that seeks to silence voices of those who have been historically marginalized”.

Twitter sent a statement to Fox News saying Hartzler’s account can be reinstated 12 hours after deleting the tweet in question.

“The account owner will need to delete the offending Tweet and spend 12 hours in read-only mode before regaining full access to their account,” Twitter said.

“Consistent with this policy, we prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes, or other content that is intended to dehumanize, degrade, or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a Protected Category. This includes targeted gender errors or dead names of transgender people. »

Hartzler has no intention of deleting the tweet, his campaign told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The campaign called the suspension “shameful, utterly ridiculous and a horrific abuse of censorship by big tech giants to stifle free speech.”

Last October, Republican Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana had his Twitter account temporarily blocked after calling US Undersecretary of Health Rachel Levine, who was born male but currently identifies as female, male .

In response to the punishment, Banks posted a statement on his Instagram account decrying Twitter’s actions, saying the social media site was censoring “a fundamental truth.”

“My tweet was a statement of fact. Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me. If they silence me, they will silence you,” he said.

“We can’t allow Big Tech to stop us from telling the truth. When Republicans take over the House next year, we must restore honesty to our public forums and hold Big Tech to account.

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