Twitter has removed a policy against targeted misgendering and deadnaming of transgender individuals, sparking safety concerns among marginalized groups. The policy, which was introduced in 2018, aimed to prevent the use of pre-transition or incorrect names and deliberately wrong gender as a form of harassment. Twitter has also said it will only apply warning labels to potentially violating tweets rather than removing them. The move to remove the policy against deadnaming, which is using a transgender person’s name before they transitioned, was spotted in an update to the site’s policy. Critics argue this move makes the site less safe for LGBTQ+ users. President and CEO of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis, called Twitter’s decision “the latest example of just how unsafe the company is for users and advertisers alike” and compared the policy to other social media sites. TikTok, Pinterest, and Meta have all introduced similar policies to protect transgender users. The rash of anti-transgender rhetoric, online and offline, continues to cause discrimination and violence against transgender individuals. Twitter did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.
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