AG Ken Paxton (R)

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Twitter censors Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's post calling Rachel Levine a man: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was censored by Twitter over a tweet about U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine. Paxton shared a graphic depicting a USA Today Opinion page with a photo of Levine under the headline "Meet these exceptional Women of the Year." Paxton added a comment to the image in his tweet, saying "Rachel Levine is a man." Twitter placed the tweet behind an interstitial that must be clicked through in order to view the tweet, which read: "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible." Once a user clicks to view the tweet, the same message is presented above the tweet. Additionally, Twitter prevented the tweet from being liked, shared, or replied to. It may only be quote-tweeted. Paxton later issued a statement on the incident. In it, he explained that he "stated an irrefutable scientific fact" in calling Levine a man, following up by stating the fact that Levine "has one X and one Y chromosome and other male-sex characteristics. I just follow the science." He continued, saying that "[t]his whole insane episode represents a two-pronged attack from the left--both of which I'm vigorously fighting against. First is the left's war against human biology, and especially against women. Second is their weaponization of Big Tech against conservative voices." He concluded the statement by stating that "Big Tech is not only anti-conservative and anti-Republican. It is now apparently anti-truth and anti-science. I will continue to use all my power to hold them accountable. Even now, I'm exploring legal options to stop their one-sided censorship."