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Why did Twitter censor Babylon Bee? 



 Babylon Bee is a satirical publication which mocks current events with a conservative sense of humor. The Babylon Bee’s Twitter account was suspended for violation of the Twitter Code of conduct due to an article posted which named Rachel Levine Babylon Bee’s “Man of the Year” as a satirical response to her being named “Woman of the Year” by USA Today. 

The Bee’s tongue and cheek article was meant to bring humorous awareness that organizations are spending a lot of time congratulating transwomen in female categories of achievement and elevating the controversy by referring to Levine as a “man.” 

While definitely offensive by express intention, the article was accused of vioalting the “hateful conduct policy” which specifically says: 

“You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

While the article certainly hurt feelings and sparked discussion – it did not harass or call to harass anyone or any type of person and certainly did not provoke violence. 

If Twitter wants to make a policy that no tweet may hurt anyone’s feelings: I’m not sure what would be left of their entire platform. 

Twitter should immediately restore the page of the Babylon Bee, considering political satire is specially protected by the first amendment, or they should consider shutting down the accounts of everyone who has ever offended someone on their site by identifying them as something they are not: re – racist, bigot, white supremacist, dumb, murderer, etc. etc.