Twitter praised for banning Graham Linehan after gender comments

Monday, June 29, 2020

Twitter has been praised for removing the account of sitcom writer Graham Linehan.

The social media platform said the account belonging to the creator of Father Ted was closed for “repeated violations of our rules against hateful conduct and platform manipulation”.

Mr Linehan had reportedly tweeted “men aren’t women tho” in response to a tweet from an account belonging to the Women’s Institute that wished their transgender members a happy Pride.

Writer and academic Grace Lavery said: “I hope it is a lesson to others out there that hate speech in any form won’t be tolerated by wider society.”

Ms Lavery also claimed that Mr Linehan accused her of “grooming” her students over Zoom which she said was a “baseless accusation”.

“I am very, very angry at the mess I had to clear up because of this man smearing his fantasies all over my life. I’m just aware that he is merely the easiest type of bigot to dismiss: we have tougher battles ahead.”

Mr Linehan has previously denied being transphobic and argued that Twitter’s rules on misgendering people equated to “men silencing women”.

Spectator writer Debbie Hayton came to Mr Linehan's defence, saying he had been punished "disproportionately".

She said: "Rather than refute [Mr Linehan's views], his opponents have silenced his voice on a platform where he had over half a million followers...when we yield to that pressure we lose our liberty."

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