(RoyalPatriot.com )- After “USA Today” announced last week that one of its “Women of the Year” was Richard “Rachel” Levine, the transgender Assistant Secretary of Health for the Department of Health and Human Services, the satire site The Babylon Bee announced on Twitter that it had selected Levine as the outlet’s “Man of the Year.”
In response to the joke, Twitter suspended the Babylon Bee’s account.
According to CEO Seth Dillon, Twitter claimed the humorous tweet violated its policy against “hateful conduct” and notified the Bee that its account would not be restored until it deleted the so-called “offending” tweet.
Tweeting from his account, Dillon said The Babylon Bee would not delete the tweet, arguing “truth is not hate speech.” Dillon added, “if the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it.”
Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy prohibits users from promoting violence against someone or threatening or harassing someone “on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
Nothing about the tweet violated Twitter’s “hateful conduct” policy. The Babylon Bee didn’t promote violence against Richard, nor did it threaten or harass him. It made a joke about a public figure while stating the scientific fact that Richard “Rachel” Levine is a man.
Dillon noted that Twitter could easily remove the so-called offending tweet itself but would rather force the Babylon Bee to bend the knee by making them delete it. He said the satire site would not bend the knee to Twitter.
On Monday, Kyle Mann, the Bee’s editor-in-chief was also locked out of his account when he jokingly tweeted that maybe Twitter would restore the Bee’s account “if we throw a few thousand Uighurs in a concentration camp.”
Twitter claimed Mann’s tweet also violated its “hateful conduct” policy.
The Babylon Bee’s account tried to appeal Twitter’s decision, but in a tweet on Wednesday, Seth Dillon said Twitter refused to overturn their suspension because Twitter’s team “has determined that a violation did take place.”