Twitter under fire for locking account that referred to transgender activist as ‘him’

This Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo shows the Twitter app on a smartphone in Philadelphia. Twitter Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Gender is a basic scientific fact, no matter what one’s feelings and wishes may be, but Twitter seems willfully blind to that fact, in fact banning a high-profile poster who dared to call a male by the pronoun “him.”

According to the Washington Times, the social media message-broadcast service used daily by President Trump is under pressure to unlock the LifeSiteNews account, which was shut down over a Dec. 8 tweet that said, “Trans activist Jonathan ‘Jessica’ Yaniv ‘shocked … confused’ gynaecologist won’t see him.”

“Twitter has deactivated LifeSiteNews’s account, claiming it violated its rules,” said a March 26 open letter to Twitter from Media Research Center president Brent Bozell. “Twitter didn’t specify which rules had been violated. Regardless, we maintain this tweet was perfectly legitimate and appropriate and the LifeSiteNews account should not have been deactivated as a result.”

The letter was also signed by John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of, which is part of MRC’s Free Speech Alliance.

In an article, LifeSiteNews said that “the social media giant declared earlier last year that ‘misgendering’ someone – i.e., referring to individuals by their actual sex instead of their claimed “gender identity” – automatically constitutes ‘hateful conduct.’”


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