Canadian writer Meghan Murphy has a lost a lawsuit against Twitter and will remain banned.
The blogger was permanently banned over transphobic tweets.
Murphy’s writing focuses on gender and politics. Her feminist opinions are rooted in the ideals of TERFs, or trans-exclusionary radical feminists.
In her lawsuit, Murphy alleged Twitter breached their contract. She also claims Twitter violated her free speech, thereby unjustly banning her.
TERF writer loses lawsuit against Twitter
A San Francisco court ruled Twitter is protected by the Communications Decency Act.
Lawyers cited section 230 of the act.
That section provides immunity for social networking sites who host information that could make them liable. The clause also states no social networking site can be treated as the publisher or speaker of that tweet.
Murphy’s Twitter account was locked on 15 November 2018. Twitter then asked her to delete transphobic tweets.
They stated the tweets violated the company’s hateful conduct policy. ‘Hateful conduct’ on the platform now includes ‘targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals’. It is not universally applied to all users.
In general, Twitter also prohibits ‘targeting individuals with repeated slurs’. The policy also bans ‘content that intends to dehumanize, degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category’.
The tweets in question
Twitter asked Murphy to remove two tweets.
The first, sent 11 October, read simply: ‘Men aren’t women.’
Murphy sent the second tweet on 15 October, which Twitter said also violated its policy as the first did. This one read: ‘How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?’
In order to gain access to her account again, she had to remove the tweets, which she did.
After getting back into her account, she also tweeted: ‘This is fucking bullshit @twitter. I’m not allowed to say that men aren’t women or ask questions about the notion of transgenderism at all anymore? That a multi billion dollar company is censoring BASIC FACTS and silencing people who ask questions about this dogma is INSANE.’
Four days later, on 19 November, Twitter asked Murphy to remove this tweet, too. Another four days later, on 23 November, the company banned her permanently.
They also cited a 8 November tweet as the reason for the permanent ban, in which Murphy identified Twitter user @trustednerd as ‘him’. The tweet featured a photo of Jessica Yaniv.
The lawsuit defended Murphy’s tweet by claiming Yaniv ‘appears to be entirely male’.
GSN contacted Twitter for comment.