Twitter has been in our lives for 13 years. But its practice of suspending and banning upright citizens for no other reason than holding incorrect views only got underway about four years ago. Today, the practice is so frequent and widespread that I daresay anyone reading this can point to someone they know, or follow on Twitter, who has suffered punishment by Jack Dorsey in this way.
Most of the people who are forced to sit on Big Twitter Nanny’s ‘naughty stool’ for a day or a week—or forever—hold conservative views. Or rather what is now considered conservative views, even in the mouths of otherwise progressive people (like normative feminist Meghan Murphy).
In a February Quillette article, Richard Hanania, a research Fellow at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, analyzed a list of every prominent person or political party known to have been silenced by Twitter since its debut. An overwhelming number of them were conservatives. He found that even when suspension occurred randomly for violating basic rules (such as posting a political adversary’s private information) was taken into consideration, the odds were heavily stacked against conservatives.
But Twitter has moved way beyond censorship of conservative opinions. A recent case of Twitter suspension demonstrates that even medical professionals citing their own objective reference materials, materials that establish standards of practice, may be held accountable for their offensiveness to special interest groups.
Ray Blanchard is a Canadian sexologist of impeccable credentials. From 1995-2010 he served as head of clinical sexology services in the law and mental health program of Toronto’s CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). He boasts a 40-year history of sexology research with a specialty in paraphilia and gender dysphoria. From 2008-12 he served on the Sexual and Gender Identity Working Group for the fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the gold standard for definitions psychologists and psychiatrists use as a reference guide in diagnosing disorders.
In short, let’s just say the evidence points to Ray Blanchard knowing a lot more about gender dysphoria than Jack Dorsey.
On May 11, in response to a question regarding his views on gender dysphoria, Blanchard posted a six-part clinically objective answer. Almost immediately, his Twitter account was suspended for violating its policy of “hateful conduct.” A day later, it was restored with an apology for the “error.” What did he say that was so offensive?
Mainly his crime was to refer to gender dysphoria as a type of “mental disorder.” Trans activists are very hostile to this clinical term, because it runs counter to their theory of gender fluidity, the hypothesis that gender identity and biological sex are separate phenomena. Twitter informed Blanchard that he could not be rehabilitated unless he deleted that tweet. This he refused to do, and was prepared to be banned from Twitter forever if necessary over it.
As he explained in an email to me and other supporters, “Gender dysphoria is a diagnosable condition in the DSM … and its status as a disorder is still the basis for public and private insurance payment for cross-sex hormones and sex-change surgeries. Therefore I am correct on the facts. I have come to realize, however, that Twitter does not care whether a tweet is factually correct but only whether it is offensive to a favoured group of Twitter users (in this case, trans/gender dysphorics.)”
Blanchard is no transphobe. One of his six tweets acknowledges that sex-change surgery “is still the best treatment for carefully screened adult patients, whose gender dysphoria has proven resistant to other forms of treatment.” All he advises is caution and patience, with the suggestion that candidates for sex change be eligible at age 21 after at least two years of social transition. That used to be considered plain common sense. Now it is considered a phobic point of view by trans militants.
The courageous Blanchard is one of very few professionals in the field of gender dysphoria who will not be cowed into stating the equivalent of “two plus two equals five.” He will not say the magic words trans activists want to see compelled by law, namely that a transwoman is biologically a woman. He will not waive biological reality to gratify those who suffer from a disorder.
Which is why he suggests a policy that treats post-surgery trans patients’ sexual designation as a “legal fiction”: that is, applicable to a driver’s licence, which has no consequences for other people, but not applicable to, say, transwomen in sports which, as we have already seen, has an enormous negative influence on actual women athletes in sports that privilege speed and power, and yet is now entrenched in sport association guidelines. Blanchard’s recommendations seem to me an elegant compromise based in common sense and a sincere appreciation of the colliding rights currently in play on the sporting field, not to mention in locker rooms and women’s prisons.
At the current rate of escalation by trans bullies in the corridors of policy-making, it is very likely that the next DSM working group will declassify gender dysphoria from the “disorder” category, but with the assurance that the government will find a way to ensure that hormones and surgery costs remain protected payouts by insurance companies. Then nobody will be allowed to say that gender dysphoria is not “normal” (that word is already radioactive in politicized gender circles), and all barriers against indoctrination of children at a tender age into the religion of gender fluidity will fall.
I hope Dr. Blanchard will not be discouraged by his “timeout” on Twitter’s naughty stool. More than ever, hopeless as the battle sometimes seems, we who value both freedom of speech and intellectual clarity need to hear science-based truths from sexologists who know whereof they speak. Fortunately Blanchard’s account was restored quickly. This time.
A Muslim hockey coach’s story about being the victim of a parent’s hateful text message is falling apart upon scrutiny and the revelation he made a similar allegation in 2017.
Last week, Talha Javaid, a 23-year-old immigrant from Pakistan who lives in Windsor, Ontario, posted screenshots on Twitter purported to be a text from a bigoted parent unhappy with the free coaching sessions he provides to children in East Lansing, Michigan.
“I’m not racist or anything but I don’t feel comfortable with you teaching him and the influence you will have on him,” a parent named “Chase” allegedly wrote. The text continues: “It’s hockey right? It makes more sense if it’s not some Muslim guy teaching it.”
Javaid’s tweet went viral. Within a week, his post racked up more than 11,000 retweets and more than 56,000 likes. An outpouring of support came from the public, hockey stars and journalists, who praised Javaid and condemned racism and Islamophobia. He received job offers to coach in both Canada and the U.S.
Feminist Muslim writer Shireen Ahmed first publicized Javaid’s story for Yahoo Sports. In the sympathetic profile, it details how Javaid travels an hour-and-a-half across the Canada-U.S. border from Windsor, Ont. to provide free coaching sessions for hockey players age five to eight in East Lansing.
But key facts in Javaid’s story don’t add up. This week, Christiana Ford at NBC-affiliate WILX-TV reported that all ice rinks in East Lansing and the surrounding area deny having ever heard of Talha Javaid, or someone on the coaching schedule with that name. The Post Millennial can independently confirm this.
While the Yahoo Sports profile of Javaid doesn’t name the specific ice rink in Michigan that he allegedly coaches at, a source in communication with him provided The Post Millennial with screenshots where he names Suburban Ice East Lansing as the arena.
Suburban Ice East Lansing strongly denies any association with Javaid.
“We’ve never heard of him,” a staff woman tells The Post Millennial. “He never taught here. He had no ties to Suburban Ice whatsoever.”
Javaid’s “best friend” and co-coach volunteer who is named as “Sebastian Nystrom” in the Yahoo profile, also could not be located. Reporter Shireen Ahmed did not respond to inquiries seeking comment on how she verified Javaid’s claims.
This is not the first time Javaid has claimed to be the victim of a racist message after leaving an ice rink. In Sep. 2017, he said he found a note on his car after leaving the Tecumseh Arena that read: “Stop coming to the rink! (Expletive, expletive) Muslim! Go Home! Make Canada Great Again. MAGA. MCGA.” He posted a photo of the note on Twitter and spoke to the media. A suspect was never identified.
Javaid’s original tweet last week generated over 10,000 responses overwhelmingly in support of him. But by Thursday afternoon, he locked his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. He did not respond for comment.
Today Twitter gave Canadians positive news regarding election interference, stating that we are all-clear of major election manipulation, so far.
The social media platform assured that despite the large-scale political and often polarizing discussion about the election, little attempt at large scale misinformation/disinformation has been made.
Misinformation has been limited to objectively false information, especially which disrupts an election, like the publication of wrong voting dates. To stay neutral
Twitter based much of its strategies for preventing disruption in the Canadian election off of the 2016 presidential election in the United States.
This is to say that Twitter is cracking down on widespread automated campaigns with multiple bots following each other sharing and liking all the same posts to artificially boost exposure.
Canada’s chief electoral officer, Stephane Perrault, assured that much of the false information around voting dates that Elections Canada sees online is mostly due to innocent errors and carelessness. Few instances are found to have malicious intent behind them.
Micheal Austin, Twitter Canada’s head of government and public policy, said that Twitter has been making sure to better control political advertisers this year.
They want every political party, candidate, and all types of third-party groups to be first registered and listed with Elections Canada. This is meant to help Twitter guarantee the origin of certain advertisements to stop phoney ads from being published.
“Verifying your identity is very important to us,” Austin said, “No system is perfect, but we’re working very hard to make sure the ads policy and the ads-policy review team is keeping a very close eye on the platform.”
All the new rules have been published on Twitter’s blog site. No part has raised any issue of partisanship, Twitter seemingly making an effort not to contribute to bias in the Canadian election.
In a shocking move today, Twitter has suspended the most prominent social justice activist on its platform, Titania McGrath.
McGrath, an inspirational intersectionalist, has been a constant voice for change that really matters: the kind that can only occur in tweet form.
And Twitter has now silenced that voice for preaching the value of compassion and empathy. Here is the tweet that garnered the suspension:
McGrath has released a statement via her progressive comrade Jarvis Dupont that states:
The fascists at Twitter have suspended my account for the crime of resisting hate and fighting for social justice. Like Nelson Mandela, I have been silenced for speaking truth to power. I think he was banned from Twitter as well.
They are right to fear me. I am dismantling the patriarchy one tweet at a time. I am obliterating Nazis with my devastating hashtags. I am standing up for minorities who haven’t had the necessary education to know what their opinions should be.
Her full statement can be found below:
McGrath is known for dropping inconvenient progressive truth bombs such as: “Men who are attracted to women clearly have feminine tastes and therefore are probably gay,” and “I can’t help but think that all this criticism of Robert Mugabe is just another attempt to demonise people of colour.”
Tweets such as these help us to understand just how frightening and hateful the world we live in is. They are essential in combatting the fascism that is rising up in comedy clubs and churches across the western world.
The hashtag #FreeTitania has been launched on Twitter, and it had better work—because seven days without Titania is a dangerous proposition. In the next seven days, we could all fall back into the barbaric and regressive cultural systems that she is saving us from.
UPDATE: Andrew Scheer has responded to the Twitter trend, also criticizing an MP who partook in the hashtag.
A new hashtag is trending on Twitter, and this one appears to be going after Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s upbringing in a poor family.
The hashtag, #ScheerWasSoPoorThat, has left-wing Twitter getting their creative caps on, attacking the Ottawa-born Scheer for his readiness to mention his modest upbringing.
The memes seem to have started after the Conservative Party’s official Twitter account posted a photo of Andrew Scheer with a quote discussing his poverty.
“I’m a kid who grew up in a townhouse, in a family that didn’t own a car, whose mother lived with her eight siblings in a two-bedroom house on a dirt road, and today I am running to be prime minister.”
Tweets directly mock Scheer’s statement, as this isn’t the first time that Scheer has brought up the class differences between himself and Trudeau. Scheer told his supporters in May that Trudeau “doesn’t understand family finances and balancing a budget,” because his family has a massive fortune which Trudeau was raised on.
For the Twitter trolls, though, this wasn’t a good look. Rather than any empathy, Scheer was criticized heavily for what some perceived as being a “sob-story.”
Other tweets, rather than attack his upbringing, decided to attack his values, saying that they were “bought second hand” off of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Many tweets strayed from anything based in reality and went straight for the nonsensical.
Andrew Scheer responded to the Twitter trend in a tweet also criticizing an MP who partook in the trend.
Sikand has since deleted the tweet.
The hashtag is trending across Canada, and perhaps says something about how Canadians see the leader of the opposition, heading into the October federal election.