Twitter Censors Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen for ‘Hateful Conduct’
Attacks against free speech by big tech companies have quickly escalated into a full-blown censorship campaign as social media giants are now regularly targeting and silencing Christians and conservatives. Their latest target? Focus on the Family.
BY ANDREA MORRIS
The Christian organization has just been censored by Twitter. The platform locked the global ministry’s “Daily Citizen” publication for allegedly violating their rules against posting “hateful” content.
Focus on the Family CEO Jim Daly said this accusation is absolutely untrue.
The Daily Citizen tweeted a quote on Jan. 19 from one of its articles acknowledging that the Biden administration appointed a transgender woman to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of HHS.
The tweet read: “Dr. Levine is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”
Daly argued that the comment was simply defining what a transgender woman is and had nothing to do with Levine’s “trans” identification.
Twitter wrote in an email, “Hi The Daily Citizen, your account, @FocusCitizen has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against hateful conduct. You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
Twitter urged the ministry to remove the tweet or appeal the decision. They challenged the move and sent a letter to the platform requesting an explanation for their action, Premier Christian News reports.