Twitter removed over 5,000 tweets and retweets showing a poster for Saturday's "Trans Day of Vengeance" in Washington, D.C., saying they "incite violence," the Associated Press reported.
What are the details?
The AP said Ella Irwin, Twitter’s head of Trust and Safety, indicated in a Wednesday tweet that "we do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. 'Vengeance' does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is OK."
Twitter said the automated tweet removals were instituted to carry out the process quickly and on a large scale — but without considering contexts for individual tweets, the AP said. Therefore both tweets critical of and in support of the Trans Day of Vengeance were removed, the outlet added.
Neither conservatives nor trans activists were happy about the tweet removals.
The AP said many conservative Twitter users argued that rules were unfairly applied to them since their posts spoke out against the event. The outlet added that trans activists said "trans day of vengeance” is a meme that's existed in the trans community for years and is not a call to violence — and that Twitter got it wrong in its reasoning for removing tweets supporting the event.
Evan Greer, director of the nonprofit liberal advocacy group Fight for the Future, told the AP that Twitter is "slow to moderate content targeting trans people, but quick to silence us when we speak out or push back."
More from the AP:
Many of the tweets Twitter removed were from conservative users sharing an image of the flyer in an attempt to connect the planned protests with the recent school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee. In the aftermath of the shooting, some right-wing activists and commentators have seized on the gender identity of the shooter in order to denounce transgender people and advocates, call transgender people violent, and “evil,” and insinuate they are planning to engage in violence. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, was among the Twitter users whose account was affected.
The shooting is still under investigation. As of Wednesday, police have shared no evidence that the shooter's gender or gender identity played a role in the shooting.
The outlet added that the group organizing Saturday's event says on its website that it doesn't condone violence. The Trans Radical Activist Network and other organizers in a statement posted on the site also strongly rejected any connection between the school shooting in Nashville and Saturday’s protest, which organizers said was planned before the shooting took place, the AP reported.
“Vengeance means fighting back with vehemence,” the protest's organizers wrote on their website, according to the outlet. “We are fighting against false narratives, criminalization, and eradication of our existence.”
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