Twitter Crackdown: American Principles Project Executive Censored for Criticizing the Mutilation of Kids

In this Wednesday, July 12, 2017 photo, Sam, 9, reads a book in the library at Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp in El Cerrito, Calif. The camp caters to transgender and "gender fluid" children, aged 4-12, making it one of the only camps of its kind in the world open …
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Earlier this week, Twitter censored Jon Schweppe, policy director for the pro-family American Principles Project, who criticized the “evil gender ideology” pushing the “chemical castration and surgical mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria.” The Masters of the Universe locked Scheppe’s account on the grounds that his post is “hate speech.”

It’s the latest in a growing tide of Twitter censorship since the company changed CEOs, replacing co-founder Jack Dorsey with little-known former CTO Parag Agrawal.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal (Google Cloud/YouTube)

On Tuesday, in response to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) pushing for a new bill to prevent male-to-female transgenders from competing in women’s sports, Schweppe called for red states to pass laws outlawing the surgical mutilation of minors.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was given the Moms of America's Mothers of Influence award on Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was given the Moms of America’s Mothers of Influence award on Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Penny Starr/Breitbart News)

“Now we hope that governors will likewise be emboldened to continue the fight against the evil gender ideology being forced on America’s children by joining Arkansas and Tennessee in banning the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of minors suffering from gender dysphoria,” tweeted Schweppe.

In response, Twitter locked Schweppe’s account on the grounds of “hate speech,” forcing him to delete the tweet.

“I’m Not sure what was hateful about my statement,” Schweppe told Breitbart News. “I was calling for an end to the violence being perpetrated on these children. Another example of the upside-down world of the woke Left where War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength, and protecting children from sexual abuse is violence.”

The incident is the latest in what appears to be an uptick in censorship from an already-censorious platform.

Another conservative who was recently censored was conservative blogger Matt Couch, who posted on Twitter from the handle @RealMattCouch, who had over 500,000 followers on the platform prior to his account’s termination for unknown reasons last week.

A Houston doctor, Mary Talley Bowden, who is using the platform to share a petition calling for the enforcement of right-to-try in hospitals, also had sharing, liking, and commenting disabled on one of her tweets earlier this week.

Other censorship cases in the past few weeks include an account posting updates from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial, an account tracking Nancy Pelosi’s stock market investments, and a range of widely-followed anonymous conservative accounts.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.

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