Friday, November 26, 2021

Indiana Congressman deletes post, regains Twitter access

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (NWN) – An Indiana congressman regained control of his office’s Twitter account on Friday after he removed a post about a transgender Biden administration official that the social media company found violated its rules.

Republican Representative Jim Banks said he met Twitter’s demand to remove his October 19 post about Dr. Rachel Levine For the first time in America’s uniformed services, openly transgender has become a four-star officer. Levin is also the country’s assistant secretary of health.

Banks, a vocal Donald Trump supporter And the influential Republican Study Committee leader responded to the US surgeon general congratulating Levine on his promotion to the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: “The title of the first female four-star officer held by a man.”

The post was taken down and her account was blocked on October 23 in reference to Twitter’s rules, which include a ban on “targeting the wrong gender” of transgender people.

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy said Banks took steps to acknowledge that the tweet violated the rules and was then able to post a video under the headline “I’m back.”

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“It was then an indication that he had deleted the infringing tweet and then regained access to the account,” Kennedy said.

Banks, whose district includes Fort Wayne and surrounding northeastern Indiana, has often attracted attention with right-wing social media comments. He said he stood by his position regarding Levine.

“Twitter provides an important platform for elected officials to communicate with voters, which is what makes Twitter’s biased and arbitrary censorship so dangerous,” Banks said. As long as I am in Congress, my priority will be to fight Left censorship.

Kennedy declined to comment on Twitter’s criticism of Banks.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy picks Banks as top GOP member in July For the House committee is investigating the January 6 uprising at the Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejects appointment Banks, citing the need to protect the “integrity” of the investigation, has been boycotted by the House Republican leadership.

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