Twitter suspended the official account of Tucker Carlson over a tweet composed of only seven words about a transgender member of President Joe Biden's administration.
Carlson was commenting about the suspension of the Babylon Bee and Charlie Kirk over respective tweets calling Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, a male. Levine is a biological male but identifies as a transgender female.
“But wait,” Carlson’s tweet said. “Both of these tweets are true.”
Twitter deleted the tweet, and a spokesperson for the company said in a statement to the Daily Wire that it had violated its terms of service.
“We prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category,” said the spokesman. “This includes targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”
"Deadnaming" is when a transgender person is called by a name of the gender they utilized before transitioning, or a name associated with their biological gender.
The social media company said that Carlson would have to delete the tweet and be suspended for 12 hours in read-only mode before obtaining control of his account again.
A Fox News spokesperson told the Daily Wire that Carlson intended to respond to the suspension.
“Tucker plans to address this on the show tonight, so best to tune in this evening,” the spokesperson said.
The Babylon Bee's CEO Seth Dillon issued a defiant statement about their Twitter ban on Sunday.
"We're not deleting anything," Dillon said. "Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it."
Here's more about the deadnaming suspensions:
Twitter CANCELS Satirical Account Babylon Bee AND Science| The News & Why It Matters | Ep 980 www.youtube.com