April 15, 2024
X owner Elon Musk has seemingly fixed his platform’s “misgendering” rules everywhere outside of Brazil, where a court ruling upholds them. Musk has been busy this week responding to complaints on X when the platform reinstated its rules against “posts that purposefully use different pronouns to address someone other than what that person uses for […]

X owner Elon Musk has seemingly fixed his platform’s “misgendering” rules everywhere outside of Brazil, where a court ruling upholds them.

Musk has been busy this week responding to complaints on X when the platform reinstated its rules against “posts that purposefully use different pronouns to address someone other than what that person uses for themselves, or that use a previous name that someone no longer goes by as part of their transition.” When Musk took over the platform, he swiftly removed the rule titled “Use of Prior Names and Pronouns” in April 2023.

At first, Musk tried to explain away the policy as just being “about repeated, targeted harassment of a particular person.” Then on Saturday, he provided another explanation.

“Turns out this was due to a court judgment in Brazil, which is being appealed, but should not apply outside of Brazil,” Musk wrote in response to another complaint about the new policy.

This was likely in reference to Brazil’s Supreme Court ruling from August 2023 that homophobic slurs were punishable by prison. Nine of the 10 Supreme Court judges found that homophobic slurs fell under the South American country’s law against racial slurs, which are also a punishable offense.

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As the owner, Musk has reinstated controversial accounts, including those of radio host Alex Jones, Bill Clinton’s accuser Juanita Broaddrick, and former President Donald Trump, after they were banned for violating previous platform policies.

Musk also promised X users legal assistance if they lose employment due to a post on the platform. He has helped with actress Gina Carano’s lawsuit against Disney after the company removed her from The Mandalorian due to her posts.

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