Self-described feminist banned from Twitter says platform is setting ‘dangerous’ precedent

Journalist Meghan Murphy said in an interview that aired Thursday on “Rising” that Twitter’s practice of banning users for remarks it deems offensive is a dangerous precedent after she was banned from the platform last month. 

“I don’t want to draw a line that ends up silencing people who have political ideas, or who are talking about ideologies, or who are challenging popular discourse that has been deemed offensive,” Murphy, founder and editor of the website Feminist Current, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball on Wednesday. 

“Now we’re banned, we’re silenced, and I actually think it’s quite dangerous,” she continued. 

“This is the new public square, and they know it. They’ve created this platform that they say is a place for people to share ideas,” she said. 

Murphy was banned from Twitter after challenging views supporting transgender individuals, and posting tweets saying “men aren’t women.”

It was revealed last month that the social media platform was officially prohibiting misgendering or “deadnaming” transgender individuals.

“We prohibit targeting individuals with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” the platform’s website reads. “This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.” 

News of Murphy’s ban comes after conservative commentator Jesse Kelly has returned to Twitter after his account was suspended for unclear reasons. His ban, which lasted less than a week, sparked outrage from a number of conservatives. 

— Julia Manchester

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