Elon Musk stepped in on Thursday after a conservative media outlet claimed that the platform was targeting a documentary about transgenderism.
Daily Wire Co-Founder Jeremy Boreing tweeted on Thursday that Twitter canceled its deal to “premiere” its documentary “What Is A Woman?” for free on the platform “because of two instances of “misgendering.”
Musk responded later that afternoon that it was a “mistake” by Twitter employees.
“This was a mistake by many people at Twitter. It is definitely allowed,” Musk wrote. “Whether or not you agree with using someone’s preferred pronouns, not doing so is at most rude and certainly breaks no laws.”
This was a mistake by many people at Twitter. It is definitely allowed.
Whether or not you agree with using someone’s preferred pronouns, not doing so is at most rude and certainly breaks no laws.
I should note that I do personally use someone’s preferred pronouns, just as I…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2023
Boreing tweeted in his thread that Twitter planned to “limit the reach of the film and label it as ‘hateful conduct’ because of ‘misgendering.’” Daily Wire host Matt Walsh posted a clip from the documentary later in the day, but the clip was slapped with a “visibility warning” and retweets of the post were restricted.
Twitter canceled a deal with @realdailywire to premiere What is a Woman? for free on the platform because of two instances of “misgendering.”
I’m not kidding.
Here’s what happened:🧵1/16
— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) June 1, 2023
“Fringe and radical definitions of ‘hate speech’ should not be codified into Twitter’s policy,” detransitioner Chloe Cole tweeted. “This is the product of the San Francisco groupthink.”
Musk included in his response that he does “personally use someone’s preferred pronouns, just as I use someone’s preferred name, simply from the standpoint of good manners.”
“However, for the same reason, I object to rude behavior, ostracism or threats of violence if the wrong pronoun or name is used,” he wrote.
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