Big Tech social media companies have long been accused of applying a double-standard to speech that is censored and speech that is permitted on their platforms, making it difficult for some to express dissenting opinions on highly controversial issues.
One such issue is undoubtedly the issue of gender identity, with those raising questions about things like male athletes who identify as women competing against female athletes often finding themselves on the wrong end of a suspension or ban.
Meanwhile, platforms like Facebook and Twitter seem to exercise far less authority when it comes to censoring terror groups or human traffickers that use their platform to recruit adherents and victims, respectively.
One of the latest examples of one-sided censorship was a tweet from Jon Schweppe of the American Principles Project, who recently expressed opposition to some of the relatively novel treatments that have only recently become more common to provide to children struggling with their gender identity.
In response to a tweet from South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem about legislation she’s proposed that would ban male athletes from participating in women’s sports, Schweppe wrote:
“Now we hope that governors will likewise be emboldened to continue the fight against the evil gender ideology being forced on America’s children by joining Arkansas and Tennessee in banning the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria.”
This landed him with a violation from Twitter, which suspended Schweppe from his account until he deleted the tweet, as The Christian Post reported.
He appealed the decision, arguing that he had been advocating for the protection of children, but Twitter was firm that he had been in violation of its community standards that say users may not “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.”
APP President Terry Schilling blasted the “would-be dictators in Silicon Valley” in an email to the group’s supporters.
“Throughout most of the country, there would be little controversy in saying that children should not be the subject of procedures that sterilize and mutilate their young bodies. In fact, advocating on behalf of those procedures would be considered hateful,” he wrote.
“But in the screwed-up world of Twitter’s woke censors, trying to protect young kids actually constitutes hateful, violent speech. Inside their impenetrable, left-wing bubble, they cannot imagine how any reasonable person would hold these views.”
Schilling also called on Republican lawmakers to work towards holding Big Tech accountable.
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