The Babylon Bee’s Twitter account activity has been suspended according to a statement made via the companies email newsletter released Tuesday, March 22nd.
The News satire site that goes by the tagline “Fake News you can trust” was issued with an account suspension warning by Twitter sighting “hateful conduct”.
The post in question which is still active on Twitter awarded trans female and U.S. Assistant secretary of health Rachel Levine “The Babylon Bee Man of the Year award.
According to the Twitters official Rules and Policies users are prohibited from “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”
The account, which has more than 1.3 million followers is still active and their posts live but the account is prohibited from posting new tweets according to Yahoo News.
“We’ve been told our account will be restored in 12 hours, but the countdown won’t begin until we delete the tweet that violates Twitter Rules,” CEO Seth Dillon said via the newsletter.
“Twitter could, of course, delete the tweet themselves. But they won’t. It’s not enough for them to just wipe it out. They want us to bend the knee and admit that we engaged in hateful conduct,” Dillon continued.
Twitter’s action have led to a spate of activity and resulting account suspensions with the Babylon Bee’s Editor in chief Kyle Mann now locked out for Tweets questioning the action.
Also amongst the accounts locked were Turning Point USA founder and CEO Charlie Kirk who also questioned the way the conversation around trans people was being controlled as reported by The Daily Wire.
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