Twitter says it has removed 5000 tweets showing a poster promoting a “Trans Day of Vengeance” protest in support of transgender rights in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
“We do not support tweets that incite violence irrespective of who posts them. “Vengeance” does not imply peaceful protest. Organizing or support for peaceful protests is ok,” Irwin wrote in the tweet.
Twitter used automated processes to do it quickly at a large scale, without considering what context the tweets were shared in. Because of this, both tweets that were critical of and those that supported the protests were removed. This angered not only trans activist and supporters but also angered many conservative Twitter users who said the rules were unfairly applied to them because they were posting the image of the protest flyer to speak out against it.
Many of the tweets Twitter removed were from conservative users sharing an image of the flyer in an attempt to connect the planned protests with the recent school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee.
One of those “conservatives” Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account was restricted. for seven days after she repeatedly posted an image of a poster about a rally called “Trans Day of Vengeance. Greene initially deleted her tweet and then posted it again voicing frustration about the action from Twitter — along with sharing the poster again, she called on the Department of Justice to investigate. Twitter again deleted the tweet — prompting yet another tweet and repost from Greene. “The people need to know about the threats they face from Antifa & trans-terrorism!!!” Greene said.
On its website, the group organizing Saturday’s protest said it does not condone violence. In a statement posted on the site, the Trans Radical Activist Network and other organizers also strongly rejected any connection between the school shooting in Nashville and Saturday’s protest, which organizers said was planned before the shooting took place.
“Vengeance means fighting back with vehemence,” the protest’s organizers wrote on their website. “We are fighting against false narratives, criminalization, and eradication of our existence.”
While I have never been opposed to a good protest I am adverse to a bad planned one. Promoting this protest as a “Day of Vengeance” in this current political climate just dares the other side to show up and fight.
What was the trans community thinking? Do they ever think and plan or only lash out and go off half cocked?
Whatever the reason trans-activist need to pull their shit together. Get some leaders, start some trans organizations, and for Goddesses sake. Get a PR person already. At this point it could only help.
Please be peaceful and aware of those around you if you join the protest on Saturday.