TWITTER DINGS CONGRESSMAN JIM BANKS AND PUBLIC ADVOCATE
Twitter has suspended an Indiana congressman's official account after removing a post about a transgender Biden administration official over a violation of the social media company's rules.
Twitter's action came after Republican Rep. Jim Banks posted tweets last week regarding Dr. Rachel Levine becoming the first openly transgender four-star officer in the U.S. uniformed services.
Banks had responded by writing: "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man."
The post was removed with a reference to Twitter rules that include a ban on "targeted misgendering" of transgender people.
Banks is standing by his post.
In a statement released on his second Twitter account, he wrote, "Big Tech doesn't have to agree with me, but they shouldn't be able to cancel me. If they silence me, they will silence you."
He also said if Republicans take back the House in the midterm election, they "must restore honesty" to public forums and hold big tech accountable.
Eugene Delgaudio responded to Twitter purging Jim Banks and also at the same time for the same reason suspending Public Advocate.
"Public Advocate condemns the suspension of Congressman Jim Banks as an attack on the free speech of all Americans. We have filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) over such suspensions before and believe strongly in free speech. At the same time our Public Advocate account was suspended for the same reference to "Rachel" Levine being a man (see screen shot of our tweet below). Twitter asked we delete the tweet after locking Public Advocate out of its account. We will add this illegal action to our FEC complaint," Delgaudio said.