Friday, June 2, 2023
Then, at 8:28 pm, Ian Miles Cheong, who frequently interacts with Twitter owner Elon Musk, tweeted that Twitter’s Head of Trust and Safety, Ella Irwin, had resigned.
Many speculated that Musk had fired Irwin for the censoring of “What Is a Woman.”
But Twitter was still throttling the film two hours later.
“Our film has been posted for a couple of hours,” tweeted the film’s star, Matt Walsh, at 10:26 pm last night. “You cannot retweet it. It will not appear in anyone’s feed. It has been flagged as hate speech. It has been blacklisted from the trends list. It still has nearly 900 thousand views.”
Then, at 4:50 am this morning, Musk tweeted, in response to Walsh, “Will be fixed tomorrow.”
At 8:19 am, conservative populist Tim Pool tweeted, “Elon is facing the reality of going up against the world's political powers,” to which Musk responded, a few minutes later, “I am on team humanity.”
A few minutes later, Musk responded to Wash’s tweet from yesterday, which said that the video was still blocked, saying “Works now. Only limit is that it will not be placed next to advertising.”
Musk’s statement suggests that the origin of the conflict was indeed that some corporate advertisers, likely large and powerful ones, did not want the film near their ads, perhaps fearing a boycott from LGBT activist groups like Human Rights Campaign, which, as Public reported last week, was behind the closure of the Michigan’s Womyn Festival for excluding transwomen.
By 8:25, Musk was actively promoting “What is a Woman.” Tweeted Musk, “Every parent should watch this. Consenting adults should do whatever makes them happy, provided it does not harm others, but a child is not capable of consent, which is why we have laws protecting minors.”
Musk tweeted “Absolutely,” in response to Peterson tweeting, “Prison. Long term. Without parole. No mercy. And maybe for the compliant ‘therapists’ as well as the butchers they enable,” referring to the surgeons who modify the genitals of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and who believe they are the opposite sex.
Well finally, a bit of a victory. Elon comes through and the Head of "Trust and Safety" is out. Elon is a shifty fellow and deals from both sides of the deck, but he's right about this movie. I haven't watched it because there are enough sick-making things in my life already. But I'm sure you should. Elon also gets the main issue 100 percent correct -- minors cannot consent to be chemically or surgically altered permanently. Adults can do as they will. Leave the kids alone.