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Twitter Banned Me, But I Wrote Nothing 'Hateful'

On November 15, I woke up to find my Twitter account locked, on account of what the company described as hateful conduct. In order to regain access, I was made to delete two tweets from October. Fair enough, you might think. Concern about the tone of discourse on social media has been widespread for years. Certainly, many have argued that Twitter officials should be doing more to discourage the vitriol and violent threats that have become commonplace on their platform. In this case, however, the notion that my commentary could be construed as hateful baffled me. One tweet read, simply, Men aren’t women, and the other asked How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman? That last question is one I’ve asked countless times, including in public speeches, and I have yet to get a persuasive answer. I ask these questions not to spread hate—because I do not hate trans-identified individuals—but rather to make sense of arguments made by activists within that community. Instead of answering such questions, however, &

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