Not for the first time, Twitter has suspended an individual for expressing the once-uncontroversial opinion that there are biological differences between men and women. This time around, the victim is Heritage Foundation media director Greg Scott, who dared to suggest that men and women are different in a Twitter post highlighting a recent transgender sports story.
On Wednesday, Scott shared an article from NBC News about a transgender “woman” being barred from a women’s weightlifting competition. The headline said that the “woman” was “stuck on the sidelines” after officials decided that you can’t just say you’re a woman and compete against an easier field of challengers.
“He is not ‘stuck on the sidelines,’” Scott wrote. “He is free to compete against other men. The whole ‘I was astonished’ act is tired and dishonest. If any competitive sport highlights the differences [between] men & women that EVERYONE KNOWS ARE REAL, it is powerlifting.”
This common-sense post earned Scott a suspension based on “hateful conduct.” Yes, according to Twitter it is now “hateful” to explain that men have an unfair advantage against women in the sport of powerlifting.
In remarks to PJ Media, Scott said that he has appealed his suspension but has not yet heard back from Twitter officials.
“If a relatively benign and common sense point – that women shouldn’t be forced to compete against male powerlifters – can now get someone banned from the platform, Twitter is signaling an increasingly aggressive ideological enforcement regime,” Scott said. “Twitter puts itself forward as a forum in which people from a wide spectrum of belief can come together for a lively public debate, but that is false. The issue is not whether Twitter should be compelled to host certain viewpoints, it’s that Twitter has failed to be the marketplace of ideas it pretends to be.”
Yes, but Twitter has long been fairly clear about its leftist intentions. The site’s founder, Jack Dorsey, has said as much in recent interviews, claiming that the platform can no longer be “neutral” when it comes to free speech. And in the rules update Twitter implemented last October, the site specifically told users that the “misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals” would be cause for a ban.
Except, of course, the only people “misgendering” these folks are the ones who buy into their made-up identities.
Well, anyone who still thinks Twitter’s mission is to provide a haven for free expression is smoking the good stuff from Colorado. They’ve declared their intentions in every way possible, including the actions they take against conservatives. The idea that people can no longer express the obvious, plain truth about men competing in women’s sports is absurd, but it’s becoming an absurd world. Twitter is just another symptom.