Twitter quietly removes coverage in opposition to misgendering trans individuals

Twitter up to date its content material moderation tips relating to hateful content material, eradicating a coverage that prohibited the focused deadnaming or misgendering of transgender individuals. Enacted in 2018, the coverage explicitly said that it violated Twitter’s guidelines to repeatedly and purposefully name a transgender particular person by the incorrect identify or pronouns.

Noticed by GLAAD, this unannounced change to the hateful content material tips occurred in early April. The remainder of the webpage explaining these insurance policies seems unchanged.

Earlier than the change, per the Web Archive, the “Slurs and Tropes” subsection of the coverage included the next: “This consists of focused misgendering or deadnaming of transgender people.” That line has since been eliminated.

Twitter’s tips nonetheless say that customers could not assault others on the premise of their gender, gender id or sexuality. But this removing of a clause that explicitly protects trans individuals is a part of a continued pattern wherein Twitter has change into extra hostile towards LGBTQ+ people.

Since Musk’s takeover, the platform has disbanded its Belief and Security council and reinstated the accounts of beforehand banned customers like creator Jordan Peterson and conservative satire outlet The Babylon Bee, each of which had been sanctioned for the focused harassment of transgender individuals. A report from GLAAD and Media Issues additionally confirmed that since Elon Musk’s takeover, utilization of the anti-LGBTQ “groomer” slur has elevated

“This resolution to roll again LGBTQ security pulls Twitter much more out of step with TikTok, Pinterest, and Meta, which all preserve comparable insurance policies to guard their transgender customers at a time when anti-transgender rhetoric on-line is resulting in actual world discrimination and violence,” stated GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a press release.

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