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Catholic World Report Twitter account locked over tweet about Biden nominee

SAN FRANCISCO, USA, (Catholic News Service) – The editors at a Catholic publication said they are uncertain why an automated social media post was deemed hateful and led their Twitter account to be locked.

Carl Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, said the publication January 24 received a notice from Twitter that said its account, @cworldreport, had been locked for violating the company’s rules against hateful conduct.

The tweet referenced a Catholic News Agency story about Biden’s plans to nominate Dr Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health. Levine would be the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The tweet stated: “Biden plans to nominate Dr Rachel Levine, a biological man identifying as a transgender woman who has served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary since 2017, to be HHS Assistant Secretary of Health. Levine is also a supporter of the contraceptive mandate.”

Olson said the tweet was generated automatically by its computer system from the news services to which it subscribes.

Twitter has told Catholic World Report, published by San Francisco-based Ignatius Press, that the tweet violated rules “against hateful conduct” and may be promoting “violence” or was “harassing” others, according to an account posted on the publication’s website.

The full story is available here.



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