Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, has reportedly removed the policy of suspending or censoring tweets that “deadnamed” someone, which Twitter had been enforcing for years. Deadnaming refers to referring to a transgender person by the name they had before transitioning. Under the previous policy, any posts that referred to someone by their pre-transition name or a non-masculine pronoun, turning up in feeds or search results could see warning labels or shadow bans occur. However, this policy was unconstitutional and went against free speech, something that Twitter should have been wary of from the beginning.
The Associated Press reports that the removal of Twitter’s policy against the “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals” raises concerns that the platform is becoming less safe for marginalized groups. However, Twitter’s decision to pull back on their policy is not only lawful but a step in the right direction. It is necessary to create a safe space for everyone who wants to voice their opinions and beliefs, even if they differ from the mainstream.
The policy against deadnaming was enacted in 2018 and was aimed at protecting individuals from intentional harassment. However, this policy had gone too far and was resulting in genuine restrictions on an individual’s free speech. The removal of this policy does not mean hate speech is being condoned; the platform has still maintained its terms of service regarding hateful content and only content that violates those terms will be flagged.
Unsurprisingly, the advocacy group GLAAD has criticized the platform owner’s decision to remove their policy against deadnaming. However, what they seem to forget is that people have a right to voice their opinions, whether they are deplorable in the extreme or not. The Left has become snowflakes, going insane at the slightest deviation from their narrative. They are quick to cancel anyone who disagrees with them, forgetting the concept of free speech, which is one of the core principles of American democracy.
Twitter has quietly removed a policy against the “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals,” raising concerns that the Elon Musk-owned platform is becoming less safe for marginalized groups. https://t.co/HeqEumUocV
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2023
In conclusion, the removal of the policy against deadnaming on Twitter is a step in the right direction for free speech. It is essential to create a safe space for everyone to voice their opinions in a respectful manner without any barriers or restrictions. The American Constitution protects free speech, and it’s time for platforms like Twitter to honor this principle.