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Twitter Suspends Indiana Rep. Jim Banks10/24 13:28


   FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) -- Twitter suspended an Indiana congressman's official 
account after removing a post about a transgender woman over violation of the 
social media company's rules.

   Twitter's action Saturday came after Republican Rep. Jim Banks posted tweets 
last week regarding Dr. Rachel Levine becoming the first openly transgender 
four-star officer in the U.S. uniformed services.

   Banks had responded to the U.S. surgeon general congratulating Levine on her 
promotion in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps by writing: "The 
title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man."

   The post was removed with a reference to Twitter rules that include a ban on 
"targeted misgendering" of transgender people. Banks' official Twitter account 
remained online Sunday but he wasn't allowed to add new posts. His personal 
account with fewer followers remained active.

   Banks, whose district covers Fort Wayne and surrounding northeastern 
Indiana, has frequently drawn attention with right-wing social media comments. 
He stood by his post about Levine.

   "My tweet was a statement of fact," Banks said in a statement. "Big Tech 
doesn't have to agree with me, but they shouldn't be able to cancel me. If they 
silence me, they will silence you. We can't allow Big Tech to prevent us from 
telling the truth."

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