Twitter the run of ‘concerted attack’ on free speech, feminists claim

A 3D-printed Twitter logo is seen through broken glass in this picture illustration 8 February 2016. (REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration)

Fair Play for Women, a self-described “group of ordinary women” who say they are involved, their voice is not heard when it comes to transgender rights, have been accused of making Twitter a “co-ordinated attack on the women of freedom of expression.”

In a letter to Martha Lane Fox, a member of Twitter’s board of directors and a member of the british House of Lords, the british group says that Twitter remove accounts or admonishing women for the indication of biological facts about men and women.

“Women are told that they violated Twitter rules against hateful behaviour by just stating the biological and legal facts,” the group writes in its letter. “Women should not be shamed or silenced for speaking the reality.”

— Miss Displaced Woman (@AlterEgO_MissMe) May 26, 2018


“This misogynistic, aggressive, violent movement, that is embraced by the hard Left as the last civil rights cause, has shown that men colonize femininity and hijack feminism for his own purposes.”

– Fair Play for Women

Further in the letter, the women say that they originate from different layers of the population (including mothers, members of the armed forces, the unemployed and disabled), and be rebuked for saying “that men are not women,” that “women do not have penises” and “women’s spaces, such as the shelters must be safe places for women only.”

“This misogynistic, aggressive, violent movement, that is embraced by the hard Left as the last civil rights cause, has shown that men colonize femininity and hijacking feminism for her own purposes,” the women wrote in the letter.

The group cited some examples of women’s accounts is compromised, including temporary restriction of certain functions, for violating Twitter’s rules against hateful behavior.

Interesting enough, the group’s Twitter account, @fairplaywomen, has not been suspended by Twitter.

“This is a joint attack on women, freedom of speech,” the women added in the letter. “The words we use to describe ourselves, our bodies, our biology and our experiences as women are becoming unsayable.”

They ask Lane Fox, which sat on Twitter’s board of directors since April 2016, used her voice “to speak out against this new wave of misogyny, and to stand up for women when we are deprived of a platform from which to speak the truth.”

The full letter can be found here.

Excited to speak at google x today – looking forward to meeting some of the women who work in the moonshot machine ?? thank you for the invitation @obifelten #womenintech

— martha lane fox (@Marthalanefox) 30 May 2018

Twitter declined to comment, while Lane Fox, who tweeted earlier on Wednesday that they would speak at Google, is yet to respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Fair Play for Women has also not responded to a request for comment.


“According to the rules of Twitter, it is now “hateful behavior” to call someone who is a man, a man.”

– Trans-activist Miranda Yardley

Trans-activist Miranda Yardley said she was banned from Twitter for calling the Green y’s LGBT spokesperson Aimee Challenor, a trans woman, a man, the BBC reported.

“According to the rules of Twitter, it is now “hateful behavior” to call someone who is a man, a man,” Yardley wrote in a blog post. “The implication of this is that the concept of the prohibited speech, things that we now not allowed to say, is now extended to the truth. This is fundamentally illiberal.”

A source familiar with Twitter’s thinking said that the company submit its rules when it finds content that is contrary to the rules, and that these accounts were not deleted, because of ideology.

Twitter has come under fire recently for the purging of groups of people who violated his “hateful policy.”

In December 2017, Twitter began the enforcement of the new rules to combat hateful and offensive content, and a number of the well-known extreme right-wing organizations, and users were suspended.

The changes, which were announced in November 2017, broaden Twitter’s “hateful policy” to permanently suspend the account for user names, profile bios, and view names — that gives “violent threats, more insults, profanity, racist or sexist tropes, in growing fear reduces, or someone who is less than a human being.”


Under the accounts get suspended at the end of 2017 are that of the founder of the white nationalist American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers y, Britain First the main account and the accounts of the leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, whose anti-Islamic videos were retweeted by President Trump, which the president later apologized.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this story. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

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