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Twitter Suspends GOP Rep. Banks for Misgendering Trans Health Official



WASHINGTON (The Hill) – Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said Saturday that his official Twitter account had been suspended over a post he made about Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine, who is transgender.

According to a screenshot posted of the tweet, Banks said “the title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man,” a reference to Levine, who became the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps’ first openly transgender four-star officer.

“The account referenced has been temporarily locked for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy. The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet before regaining access to their account,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill in a statement. 

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According to Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, hateful conduct can include “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

Banks stood by his decision to issue the tweet. In a statement issued through Twitter on Saturday from his personal account, he said, “My tweet was a statement of fact. Big Tech doesn’t have to agree with me, but they shouldn’t be able to cancel me. If they silence me, they will silence you.”

Banks used his Twitter suspension as momentum for Republicans in the 2022 midterms, saying that “when Republicans take back the House next year, we must restore honesty to our public forums and hold Big Tech accountable.”

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Banks said he would be posting from his personal account in the meantime.

My statement on being censored for tweeting a basic truth and banned from using my official account at @RepJimBanks👇

— Jim Banks (@Jim_Banks) October 23, 2021

Some Republicans have alleged that social media companies have sought to unfairly censor conservatives. Earlier this year, former President Trump was booted off several platforms following the Jan. 6 insurrection. Also this year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill that fines social media companies seeking to ban political candidates on their sites. 

The Hill has reached out to Banks’s office for more information.



Dads Are ‘losers’ If They Take 6 Months Paternity Leave, Tech Investor Says



(KTVI) — A prominent tech investor and entrepreneur sparked an online debate after calling dads “losers” if they take six months of paternity leave.

Joe Lonsdale, the co-founder of software company Palantir, made the comment Wednesday in response to a tweet about U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg taking time off to care for his twin newborns.

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Lonsdale said that he thinks it’s “great” for fathers to spend time with their kids, “but any man in an important position who takes six months of leave for a newborn is a loser.”

“In the old days, men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future — that’s the correct masculine response,” he said.

Wow. Great for fathers to spend time w their kids and support moms, but any man in an important position who takes 6 months of leave for a newborn is a loser.

In the old days men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future – that’s the correct masculine response.

— Joe Lonsdale (@JTLonsdale) October 27, 2021

Though Buttigieg only took two months off, not six, several people tweeted that society should embrace the shift to longer paternity leaves.

“I proudly took my full paternity leave and would do it again. Turns out it helped me win even more,” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian tweeted in response to Lonsdale. Reddit offers four months of paternity leave.

I proudly took my full paternity leave and would do it again. Turns out it helped me win even more.

— Alexis Ohanian 7️⃣7️⃣6️⃣ (@alexisohanian) October 27, 2021

Garry Tan, the co-founder of Initialized Capital, also defended his firm’s four-month paternity leave policy.

“Respect that people have different choices, but being a dad is awesome, and there is more to life than work and money,” Tan tweeted.

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Lonsdale, a father of three, later said using the word “loser” was “unnecessary” and that he should not have been “so harsh.” However, he doubled down on his stance supporting traditional gender roles.

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‘The Masked Singer’ National Tour to Come to Simmons Bank Arena



NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Fans of the hit TV show “The Masked Singer” will have the opportunity to see their favorite characters in central Arkansas live next summer.

Officials from the Simmons Bank Arena announced Monday that “The Masked Singer” national tour will be at the venue on July 9.

According to event organizers, the live show will feature celebrity guest hosts from the TV show as well as one local celebrity who will perform in a top-secret disguise.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., with prices ranging from $49.75 to $99.75.

Earlier next year, the Simmons Bank Arena will have other entertainers including comedians Jeff Dunham and Bert Kreischer.

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