Twitter has gotten rid of a previous rule banning what the platform called the “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
It is apparent that hysterics on the matter remain high; a report by the Associated Press claimed the move has increased worries that the “Elon Musk-owned platform” is becoming more dangerous for so-called marginalized groups.
Twitter’s policy prohibiting ‘misgendering’ and ‘deadnaming,’ a word describing calling a gender-confused person by their name assigned at birth rather than a new creation, commenced in 2018, per the report.
Numerous left-wingers have expressed anger at the new change in rules, frequently claiming they bring danger to people who live non-traditional lifestyles.
“Twitter’s decision to covertly roll back its longtime policy is the latest example of just how unsafe the company is for users and advertisers alike,” commented Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, commonly abbreviated as GLAAD. “This decision to roll back LGBTQ safety pulls Twitter even more out of step with TikTok, Pinterest, and Meta, which all maintain similar policies to protect their transgender users at a time when anti-transgender rhetoric online is leading to real world discrimination and violence.”
Twitter CEO Elon Musk appeared to suggest a disdain for the societal obsession surrounding naming one’s ‘pronouns’ when he responded to a news story about a former Planned Parenthood staffer who had ended his life following a police investigation into a child pornography case he was allegedly implicated in.
The former employee, Tim Yergeau, had a profile biography labeling himself as “he/him/his.”
“Pronouns are virtue-signaling,” Musk posted online, “inevitably, as with all virtue-signaling, they will be used as a shield by bad humans.”
He added, “In any event, good manners require using the person’s name, not their pronoun, when referring to them.”
In any event, good manners require using the person’s name, not their pronoun, when referring to them
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 16, 2023
This news comes just after Musk’s recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, during which numerous topics about the platform were covered, including the recent decision to correctly label National Public Radio (NPR) as “state-affiliated media,” and a similar move that deemed the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as “69% Government-funded Media.”
The new categorization for CBC appeared to greatly anger Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who argued the state-funded outlet is important to “so many Canadians.”
Justin Trudeau isn’t too happy that Twitter labelled @CBC “Government-Funded Media” 🤣
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 17, 2023
Musk also explained why his company has not appeared to suffer following an 80% reduction in staff, telling Carlson, “If you’re not trying to run some glorified activist organization and you don’t care that much about censorship, then you can really let go of a lot of people it turns out.”
Elon Musk on Twitter reducing its staff size by 80% since his takeover: “If you’re not trying to run some glorified activist organization and you don’t care that much about censorship, then you can really let go of a lot of people it turns out.” pic.twitter.com/kdPpOtahb8
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 18, 2023