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Twitter Suspends Jim Banks for Misgendering Trans Official – New York Magazine

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Twitter has suspended the official account of Indiana representative Jim Banks and removed a tweet in which the Republican lawmaker intentionally misgendered a transgender Biden administration official.

On Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine was sworn in as an admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps, making her the corps’ first female four-star officer and the first openly transgender four-star officer in the uniformed services. When the surgeon general congratulated Levine, Banks responded by tweeting: “The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.”

Twitter, which in 2018 banned the “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals,” took down Banks’s tweet on Saturday and suspended his account until the tweet is deleted.

Banks, a staunch Trump ally who chairs the Republican Study Committee, responded defiantly to the suspension on Saturday. He used his other, personal Twitter account to both defend what he tweeted about Levine as well as attack “Big Tech,” which he accused of trying to “cancel” him. On Sunday, he then tweeted out a Federalist post that also intentionally misgendered Levine.

It’s not clear if Twitter will take any action against the congressman’s personal account.

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Twitter likely to roll out ‘Reactions’ feature soon

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After unveiling several features this year, micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly readying new features, including Reactions, Downvotes and Sorted Replies for iOS users.

According to reverse engineer Nima Owji, the Reactions feature, which started being tested a couple of months ago, is set to launch soon, reports 9To5Mac.

With four new reactions, “tears of joy,” “thinking face,” “clapping hands” and “crying face,” this feature is designed to give users the ability to better show how conversations make them feel and to give users “a better understanding of how their Tweets are received”.

Citing the reverse engineer, the report also mentioned that the micro-blogging site is now able to store data about the downvotes feature, which is another indicator that this function will be released sooner rather than later.

The report also notes that the company changed the downvote position as well. It has even added a new tab explaining how downvotes work.

This month, the company has rolled out its in-app tipping feature to all Android users above the age of 18, following the iOS launch in September.

Twitter said the “Tips” feature is geared toward users looking to get a little financial support from their followers through Cash App, PayPal, Venmo and Patreon directly through the app.

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Elon Musk has sold more than half of the Tesla stock that Twitter informed him.

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Tesla shares have fallen 10% since Musk conducted a Tweet poll about the sale. They dropped more than 17% within the first few days following the Nov.

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Twitter Investigating Bug Causing Unexpected Logouts on iOS 15

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Twitter Support has acknowledged a bug causing unexpected account logouts on iOS 15, promising that its teams are working on a fix and that it’ll keep users updated on when it’s resolved.

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Posts on Twitter over the last several hours have shown users experiencing the bug, with some sharing frustrations that the app is requiring them to log back into Twitter upon every app launch. While some of the reports lack the specificity that the bug is happening on iOS devices, it seems likely to be the case following the acknowledgment from Twitter itself.

Hey @Twitter can you please make it so I don’t have to sign in every other freaking day? I never log out of my account yet I keep having to sign in. Thanks
— blueyosh (@hotorc97) November 24, 2021

WHY IS TWITTER LOGGING ME OUT OF ALL OF MY ACCS???? I HAVE 8 TWITTER ACCS AND DO YOU KNOW HOW HAED TO LOG IN ALL OF THEM???????? IVE BEEN DOING IT 2 TIME ALREADY SINCE OCTOBER
— kyle (@leeknowonIyfans) November 24, 2021

I almost got a heart attack when I tried to get in my Twitter and it wanted me to log in?? I never logged out 😭😩😭
— Enny Does It All❤ (@Queen_Enny19) November 24, 2021

Users impacted by the bug are advised to ensure they’re running the latest Twitter version from the App Store and monitor the company’s support account for updates.

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