Not the Bee

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Locked Account

Twitter locked Not the Bee's account when it called out the platform for suspending Rep. Jim Banks's account: Not the Bee, a site that reports on "absurd and hilarious (but real) news," called out Twitter for suspending Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) after he called U.S. health official Rachel Levine a man. Not the Bee tweeted: "Twitter suspended a sitting congressman for calling transgender HHS official Rachel Levine -- who is a biological male -- a 'man,'" according to screenshots provided by the site. Not the Bee reported that Twitter locked its account for 12 hours. The site's screenshots show that Twitter offered no specific reason for the lock. Twitter's limited explanation said "We have determined that you have violated the Twitter Rules, so you'll need to wait some time before using Twitter again," according to one screenshot. Another screenshot shows "[v]iolating one of our Rules" as the stand-alone explanation given by Twitter. Not the Bee was forced to delete the tweet and "acknowledge that [its] tweet violated the Twitter Rules" in order to regain access to its account. Not the Bee is an affiliate of satire site The Babylon Bee, which is a partner of MRC's Free Speech Alliance.

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