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  • Twitter has suspended the official account of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) after the congressman misgendered the first openly transgender four-star military officer.
  • “The title of first female four-star officer was taken by a man,” a screenshot of Banks’ tweet reads, referring to Health and Human Services official, Dr. Rachel Levine.
  • Banks’ account was suspended by the social media giant Saturday for violating Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, which states a person may not promote violence, threaten or harass other users due to their gender identity.

Twitter has suspended the official account of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) after the congressman misgendered the first openly transgender four-star military officer.

“The title of first female four-star officer was taken by a man,” a screenshot of Banks’ tweet reads, referring to Health and Human Services official, Dr. Rachel Levine. 

“Calling someone that was born and lived as a man for 54 years the first ‘female’ four-star officer is an insult to every little girl who dreams of breaking glass ceilings one day,” Banks said in a follow-up tweet.

Banks’ account was suspended by the social media giant Saturday for violating Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, which states a person may not promote violence, threaten or harass other users due to their gender identity. 

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The New York Post that Banks’ official account was “temporarily locked” for violating its hateful conduct policy.


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“My tweet was a statement of fact,” Banks posted in a statement on his personal Twitter account. “Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me. If they silence me, they will silence you. We can’t allow Big Tech to prevent us from telling the truth.” 

Banks additionally tweeted on his personal account following his suspension that he would not back down, adding “Big Tech must be held accountable!”


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Published on Oct 25, 2021