There was a time when it wasn’t controversial to state that a man does not have female reproductive organs or that Hitler was an evil guy, but in the upside-down world of Twitter, the former is condemnable while the latter depends wholly on who says it.
Francisco Contreras, a member of the Vox party in Spain, responded to an article that said a “pregnant man” gave birth to “his” child by retorting: “That’s a lie. A man cannot get pregnant. A man has neither uterus nor ovaries.”
After suspending Contreras’ account, Twitter explained that his tweet broke its rules against inciting “hate, threats, harassment, and/or fomenting violence against people” based on “race, origin, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, or illness.” Twitter also warned that he could be permanently suspended for repeated violations.
On Facebook, Contreras posted, “The hateful tweet (which I was forced to delete) was one that said: ′’A man cannot get pregnant. A man has no womb or eggs.’ You can see this is already fascist biology. Next time I’ll try 2 + 2 = 4.”
Twitter has a history of bias against the Vox party. Last February, as the country neared an election, the social media giant censored the Vox account citing police statistics showing a high crime rate among illegal immigrant minors from the Muslim Maghreb region in Northwest Africa. Twitter said repeating the statistics in a tweet was “incitement to hatred.”
Yet Twitter allegedly allowed posts from some on the left who threatened to kill members of the Vox party and to attack its president, Santiago Abascal.
“We will not yield to Twitter imposing a twisted (and anthropologically wrong) worldview,” Contreras said. “We will continue to speak the truth about human nature. Biological truth should not be regarded as ‘hate speech.’ It’s biology, not bigotry.”
Twitter also showed unequal enforcement regarding former Pakistani CNN contributor Adeel Raja. CNN recently cut ties with Raja after he tweeted in response to the conflict between Israel and the terror group Hamas, “The world today needs a Hitler.” Despite this call calling for a second Jewish Holocaust, Raja’s account remains active on Twitter since he agreed to delete his tweet.
Twitter and CNN could hardly be surprised by the sentiments included in Raja’s tweet. According to the Washington Free Beacon, during the 2014 World Cup Raja tweeted, “The only reason I am supporting Germany in the finals is — Hitler was a German and he did good with those jews [sic]!”
He also tweeted in 2014, “Hail Hitler.” Yet the anti-Semite was allowed to continue in his role as a CNN contributor for the last seven years and continued to be welcome on Twitter, enabling him to tweet out his most recent and abhorrent statement.
Raja should actually be free to say whatever he wants, including hateful, bigoted, and idiotic statements such as those mentioned earlier. His speech, though clearly despicable, is protected by the First Amendment. Twitter, however, claims that it has its own “right” to police speech that is offensive or incites hatred. But if Twitter is willing to censor a politician for stating simple biological facts, how is it that a man who states anti-Semitic opinions and who claims to want another Hitler in the world is still allowed on its platform? And why did CNN allow that same person to keep his job for so long?
Big Tech and the left claim that they want to stop hatred, yet they consistently are more diligent in the censorship of objective facts and statistics than in the actual slurs, hateful rhetoric, and threats expressed by its own ideological allies. If Twitter is going to engage in censorship, then it should censor all users who say hateful things and not users who accurately and politely state that biological men do not have ovaries or wombs.