A recently discovered update to the Terms of Service of Twitter bans users from “misgendering” or “deadnaming” transgender individuals on their platform.
“Misgendering” refers to the deliberate decision to refer to a “transwoman” as a man, and “deadnaming” is the practice of calling a “transperson” by their given name, rather than the name they now choose to identify as. For example, the sentence, “Bruce Jenner was a great athlete – he won an Olympic gold medal for the Decathlon”, would break both of those rules, and get someone banned off of the site for doing so.
The update, released sometime in October, was discovered by the user @trgrrl:
Twitter has updated their TOS. Targeted deadnaming and misgendering is now a reportable thing. pic.twitter.com/Ytnlh5BppU— 🌙alicia🖤 (@trgrrl) November 23, 2018
Twitter’s ToS now also includes a new paragraph, claiming that minorities suffer the most from abuse on its platform:
Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. This includes; women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities. For those who identity with multiple underrepresented groups, abuse may be more common, more severe in nature and have a higher impact on those targeted. We are committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, particularly abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized. For this reason, we prohibit behavior that targets individuals with abuse based on protected category.
Many users are not happy about the change, claiming it is yet again another clamp down on free speech by the site:
Every day we stray further away from free speech and the truth— 💗「Kurisu」 (@Kurisuchaneko) November 23, 2018
Calling someone by their scientifically-verifiable gender is now a violation of @Twitter's terms of service?— Domelights Unbound (@Domelights) November 24, 2018
So we've now officially arrived in "1984" on Twitter.
"War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength."–George Orwell, 1984#deadnaming #tcot
Twitter's most recent update to their terms of service was the straw that broke the camels back for me. I will not continue to support and use a website that forces political correctness. Here is a list of the other websites that you can find me on from here on out! pic.twitter.com/xe2fGZdQm4— KabsCorner (@KabsCorner) November 24, 2018
It is now a violation of Twitter rule to misgender a trans individual or say “there are only *** genders”— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 24, 2018
I personally find it rude to not refer to someone as they introduce themselves
Remember when Conservatives™️ laughed at people getting censored? https://t.co/DEK0Ik2jTs