HELP MEGHAN MURPHY FIGHT BACK AGAINST TWITTER CENSORSHIP

Meghan Murphy, Writer And Journalist

Meghan Murphy is a Canadian feminist writer and journalist. She is the editor and publisher of Feminist Current, which won the “Best Feminism Blog” award at the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards. She is a leading writer on feminist issues, and holds an M.A. in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University.

On November 23, 2018, Twitter permanently suspended her account. The reason? She referred to a trans-identified man using a male pronoun—even though this individual identified using a male name on multiple social media platforms.

Twitter had previously locked Murphy’s account for posting such seemingly innocuous statements and questions as “Men aren’t women” and “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?” According to Twitter, even questioning certain beliefs is “hateful conduct”—even though a majority of the public believes that one’s gender is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth.

Twitter grew to prominence by advertising itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party.” It repeatedly promised its users in its Terms of Service and elsewhere that it would not censor their speech. Its Terms of Service state that any changes “Will not be retroactive,” and that it will provide 30 days’ notice to users of any changes. But Twitter inserted a highly controversial new policy against “misgendering or deadnaming” transgender individuals without providing notice to anyone—a clear violation of its promises to users.

Meghan Murphy, Writer And Journalist

Meghan Murphy is a Canadian feminist writer and journalist. She is the editor and publisher of Feminist Current, which won the “Best Feminism Blog” award at the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards. She is a leading writer on feminist issues, and holds an M.A. in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University.

On November 23, 2018, Twitter permanently suspended her account. The reason? She referred to a trans-identified man using a male pronoun—even though this individual identified using a male name on multiple social media platforms.

Twitter had previously locked Murphy’s account for posting such seemingly innocuous statements and questions as “Men aren’t women” and “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?” According to Twitter, even questioning certain beliefs is “hateful conduct”—even though a majority of the public believes that one’s gender is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth.

Twitter grew to prominence by advertising itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party.” It repeatedly promised its users in its Terms of Service and elsewhere that it would not censor their speech. Its Terms of Service state that any changes “Will not be retroactive,” and that it will provide 30 days’ notice to users of any changes. But Twitter inserted a highly controversial new policy against “misgendering or deadnaming” transgender individuals without providing notice to anyone—a clear violation of its promises to users.

The big tech giants are counting on users to quietly accept their bans and not stand up for their rights. But Murphy is fighting back against the attempts of powerful social media conglomerates to silence her and millions of others. She has filed a lawsuit on behalf of everyone who has had their voices silenced by social media censorship. You can help fight back by donating here:

All funds raised will be used to pay the out of pocket litigation, case management costs and then attorney fees needed to bring this public interest lawsuit.

You can read and watch more about Murphy and her fight against Twitter censorship here:

View the complaint here

Wall Street Journal article here

You can read more about Murphy and her fight against Twitter censorship here:

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