Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)

Sensitive Filter

Twitter censors Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R-GA) tweet about law to prevent children's transgender surgeries: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted about a law that she had proposed before Congress regarding the medical transition of underage children. She tweeted "Congress must pass my bill, the Protect Children’s Innocence Act to stop the medical expiration and genital mutilation of children. Kids who aren’t old enough to vote, get a tattoo, or buy alcohol & tobacco shouldn’t be manipulated into permanently disfiguring their bodies."

This tweet was a quote tweet of a tweet by the account known as "Billboard Chris" that shared some information about such surgeries. He had tweeted "Here’s what boys at @BostonChildrens can expect before inverting their penis into a neovagina which will need to be dilated for the rest of their life. A single consultation where they might 'go home and forget everything.' They should include a consult with detransitioners!" This tweet also included a video from Boston Children's Hospital showing a nurse explaining, without imagery, the process of transitioning through bottom surgery. 

Twitter placed a sensitive content filter over Greene's tweet. When viewed on the desktop version, it was only the Billboard Chris tweet that was covered and users could click to view what was being hidden by the interstitial. However, when viewed on the Twitter app, Greene's entire tweet was covered by the interstitial and users were unable to click to view the tweet. These users must instead change their settings in order to view everything that is marked as potentially sensitive content, which also includes pornographic images that are not banned on Twitter and gore, along with anything else Twitter deems to be sensitive. The use of such filters greatly diminishes the reach of such tweets, especially by users of the app who have not changed their default settings.