Twitter Not Deleting MTG Transphobic Post, Cites Public Interest
- Twitter puts a warning label on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s tweet about transgender officials.
- This is about Biden’s Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. Rachel Levine.
- Twitter said the post violated its hateful conduct rules but should be kept because it “may” be in the public interest.
Twitter censored a post by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene that mocked an openly transgender official, but said it would not remove it because it might be “in the public interest.”
Green shared a brief MSNBC clip on Monday showing Dr. Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, speaking about transgender youth.
Levine is the first openly transgender official confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A former Pennsylvania health secretary and physician, she was sworn in as an admiral last year.
In her tweet, Green appeared to name Levine and made a crude reference to the child’s genitals.
Twitter puts warning labels on tweets, which means users see warning messages from Twitter instead of posts. But users can still view the post by clicking “View”.
Twitter has the ability to delete users’ tweets, but in this case said it should remain accessible because it may be in the public interest.
“This tweet violated Twitter’s rules on hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest to keep this tweet accessible,” the warning message said.
Neither HHS nor Twitter immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.
Green reacted to the warning label in a later tweet, saying: “Twitter says this tweet violates its rules on hateful conduct. I can’t think of anything more hateful than promoting ‘gender reassignment’ surgery for children thing.”
Earlier this year, Greene said she feeling ‘threatened’ Transgender women like Levine. She also posted an anti-transgender sign outside her Capitol Hill office last year.
Twitter permanently banned Greene’s personal account in January for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.