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Twitter Suspends Rep. Jim Banks For Calling A Spade, A Spade

Republican Reps. Jim Banks and Marjorie Taylor Greene were dinged by Twitter recently for saying that Rachel Levine, a transgender Biden administration official, was a man.

Mr. Banks of Indiana said Saturday that his official account was suspended after he tweeted, “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” referring to Dr. Levine’s promotion to four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Meanwhile, Twitter placed a “hateful conduct” warning on — but did not remove — a tweet by Ms. Greene, Georgia Republican, that said, “A dude who lived the first 50 years of his life as a man isn’t the first female anything.”

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct,” said the Twitter tag. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy prohibits “targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category. This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

In an Instagram statement, Mr. Banks said, “My tweet was a statement of fact. Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t cancel me.”

He said he would use his personal account while his official account was frozen.

Original Article: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/oct/23/rep-jim-banks-suspended-twitter-calling-rachel-lev/