The Big Tech giants are counting on users to quietly accept their bans and not stand up for their rights. But Murphy is fighting back against the attempts of powerful social media conglomerates to silence her and millions of others. She has filed a lawsuit on behalf of everyone who has had their voices silenced by social media censorship.
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Meghan Murphy is a Canadian feminist writer and journalist. She is the editor and publisher of Feminist Current, which won the “Best Feminism Blog” award at the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards. She is a leading writer on feminist issues, and holds an M.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University.
On November 23, 2018, Twitter permanently suspended her account. The reason? She referred to a trans-identified man using a male pronoun—even though this individual identified using a male name on multiple social media platforms.
Twitter had previously locked Murphy’s account for posting such seemingly innocuous statements and questions as “Men aren’t women” and “How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between a man and a transwoman?” According to Twitter, even questioning certain beliefs is “hateful conduct”—even though a majority of the public believes that one’s
gender is determined by the sex they were assigned at birth.
Twitter grew to prominence by advertising itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party.” It repeatedly promised its users in its Terms of Service and elsewhere that it would not censor their speech. Its Terms of Service state that any changes “Will not be retroactive,” and that it will provide 30 days’ notice to users of any changes. But Twitter inserted a highly controversial new policy against “misgendering or deadnaming” transgender individuals without providing notice to anyone—a clear violation of its promises to users.
On February 11, 2019, Noah B. Peters, Esq., D. Adam Candeub, Esq., and Dhillon Law Group filed a lawsuit on behalf of prominent feminist Meghan Murphy against Twitter, Inc., and Twitter International Company.
The lawsuit alleges that Twitter, Inc., and Twitter International Company breached their contract with Meghan Murphy by inserting a highly controversial new policy without providing 30 days’ notice to users of any changes, as required in Twitter’s own Terms of Services; and that these companies engaged in unfair business practices under California law. The lawsuit seeks an injunction to stop Twitter’s unscrupulous practices alleged in the Complaint.
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CNET: Twitter Sued by Blogger who was Barred for Tweets about Transgender People
National Review: Journalist Sues Twitter for Banning Her over ‘Women Aren’t Men’ Tweets
The Daily Wire: Twitter Bans Feminist Writer who said, ‘Men are not Women,’ So Now Twitter’s Getting Sued
The Daily Caller: Feminist Banned by Twitter Fires Back with Lawsuit
Breitbart: Feminist Sues Twitter After She was Blacklisted for Saying Men Aren’t Women
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