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After targeting Rep. Banks for calling transgender HHS official Rachel Levine 'a man,' Twitter targeted Not the Bee for tweeting about the story


Not the Bee pointed out that Levine "is a biological male"


Not the Bee's Twitter account was temporarily locked and required to delete a tweet in order to regain access, according to Adam Ford.

While the popular satire website The Babylon Bee serves up fictitious content, Not the Bee operates in an entirely different lane that involves highlighting real news stories.

"Not the Bee is a humor-based news, opinion, and entertainment site from the creators of The Babylon Bee and Disrn. Like the name suggests, it'll feature some absurd and hilarious (but real) news that seems like it should definitely be satire," Ford noted on the site last year.

Ironically, the Not the Bee tweet flagged by Twitter was meant to share a post about Twitter targeting the official account of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) over a tweet describing Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rachel Levine as "a man."

Not the Bee's offending tweet stated: "Twitter suspended a sitting congressman for calling transgender HHS official Rachel Levine — who is a biological male —a 'man'"

Levine, a transgender woman, is a biological male who identifies as a woman. Last week an HHS release described Levine as the "first-ever female four-star admiral" in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publicly announced today the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the eight uniformed services of the United States. Admiral Rachel Levine, who serves as the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, was ceremonially sworn in as a four-star admiral," the release stated. "Admiral Levine now serves as the highest ranking official in the USPHS Commissioned Corps and its first-ever female four-star admiral."

The Republican congressman's official Twitter account was locked by the social media company for a tweet that declared, "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man."

Reports indicate that a Twitter spokesperson informed media outlets that the congressman's account was temporarily locked for breaching the company's hateful conduct policy and that the offending tweet must be deleted before account access will be restored.

"The account referenced has been temporarily locked for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy. The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet before regaining access to their account," a Twitter spokesperson noted in a statement, according to The Hill.

Banks, who has not posted any tweets on that account since Oct. 22, announced that he will be posting on his personal account.

"Twitter has suspended my official account for posting a statement of FACT. I won't back down. I'll be posting on my personal account for the time being," he tweeted.

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