After promising to take action against demonetized terms on his platform, X owner Elon Musk ended censorship of several key words the next day.
Libs of TikTok creator Chaya Raichik posted on Sept. 29 that seven out of ten of the demonetized words she discovered on a day prior no longer triggered post demonetization. Words like drag queen, groomer, innocence, innocent, LGBTQ, police, non-binary and Amen no longer result in post demonetization, but trans and ugly will, noted Raichik. However, Musk promised Friday to end the demonetization of tweets with the word(s): trans, transgender and ugly.
BREAKING: It appears 7/10 of these words were fixed and are now monetized! The 3 words that will still demonetize a tweet are:— Chaya Raichik (@ChayaRaichik10) September 29, 2023
Thank you @elonmusk and thank you to everyone who shared and brought attention to this! https://t.co/Mbm0gJS1M2
Musk, who thanked Raichik for flagging the censorship, addressed the censorship issue in his posts and during a discussion hosted by The Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro, where he said that the list of demonetized terms found by Raichik should be “trimmed.” He also suggested that these shadowbanned words were an example of “foolish things” from the past that his employees were in the process of fixing.
In an article published Thursday evening, Raichik discussed her discovery and broke down why the terms were demonetized. Raichik pointed out that drag queen, groomer, innocence, and innocent were likely demonetized to disincentivize conservative organizing against gender theory in schools and children at drag queen events.
Raichik was particularly disturbed by the demonetization of the word “innocent.” She wrote, “Innocent? This one is perplexing. Do they simply not want those of us who are engaged in child-safeguarding to not point out that children are innocent?”
Musk acting on Raichik’s discovery is only the latest example of Musk intervening to allow criticism of radical gender theory. In June 2023, The Daily Wire partnered with X to promote Daily Wire host Matt Walsh’s documentary What Is a Woman? on the social media platform, but the documentary was censored until Musk intervened and shared the documentary himself.
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