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Elon Musk Says 'Cis' & 'Cisgender' Are Slurs

Elon Musk Says 'Cis' & 'Cisgender' Are Slurs

Elon Musk Says 'Cis' & 'Cisgender' Are Slurs
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The controversial tech figure shared the claim in a recent tweet.

Elon Musk, the tech billionaire known for his eccentric behavior, has stirred up controversy once again, this time by claiming that the terms "cis" and "cisgender" are considered "slurs" on Twitter.

In response to a user named James Esses, who holds "gender critical views" and expressed his rejection of the word "cis," Musk tweeted about the harassment he faced from trans activists.

Esses wrote: "Yesterday, after posting a Tweet saying that I reject the word 'cis' and don't wish to be called it, I received a slew of messages from trans activists calling me 'cissy' and telling me that I am 'cis' 'whether or not I like it.'"

Musk, seemingly sympathizing with Esses, tweeted in reply: "Repeated, targeted harassment against any account will cause the harassing accounts to receive, at minimum, temporary suspensions. The words 'cis' or 'cisgender' are considered slurs on this platform."

According to their very own policies regarding hateful speech and conduct, Twitter prohibits "targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category."

"In some cases, such as (but not limited to) severe, repetitive usage of slurs, or racist/sexist tropes where the context is to harass or intimidate others, we may require Tweet removal," the full section under "Slurs and Tropes" reads. "In other cases, such as (but not limited to) moderate, isolated usage where the context is to harass or intimidate others, we may limit Tweet visibility as further described below."

Musk's assertion about the terms "cis" or "cisgender" being considered slurs on Twitter has ignited a fresh wave of discussions regarding online harassment and the treatment of marginalized communities on social media platforms.

As the debate continues, it remains to be seen how Twitter will respond to these concerns and whether they will revisit their policies to ensure a safer and more inclusive environment for everyone.

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