Daily Wire Streams What is a Woman? Free on Twitter. Musk Responds to Twitter’s ‘Mistake’ Regarding Censorship

By Aliya Kuykendall Published on June 1, 2023

Update, published June 2, 2023, 3:39 p.m. CST:

Didn’t get to catch the free film yet? You now have the rest of the weekend to do so, Jeremy Boreing, co-CEO of The Daily Wire, announced Friday afternoon.

Update, published June 2, 2023:

The Daily Wire’s post containing the What is a Woman? film gained 1 million views shortly after posting on Thursday night.

This despite the reach of the post being limited. The post could only be seen on Twitter by going directly to The Daily Wire’s Twitter page, and would not come up in a user’s feed. The post could not be shared, liked, or commented on.

Elon Musk posted that certain restrictions on reach would be lifted:

Overnight, the post became sharable:

The post now has over 36 million views as of late Friday morning. The post published at 7:13 p.m. CST on Thursday and will be available for 24 hours, according to the post.

The film’s creators rejoiced.

Elon Musk tweeted the film out, saying, “Every parent should watch this.”

Original article, published June 1, 2023:

Still haven’t seen Matt Walsh’s documentary What is a Woman? Now you can see it for free. If you want a refresher on the film, here’s the trailer:

Why see the film? The Daily Wire wrote about their film, “The documentary arguably sparked a movement to protect children from the harmful effects of sex change procedures. Following the film’s release and Walsh’s subsequent rallies and events speaking out about the tragic consequences of so-called “gender-affirming” care, at least a dozen states have banned transgender surgeries on minors.”

The streaming of the film has come with some drama. Walsh posted a clip of the film on Twitter and wrote, “This is one of the scenes from What Is A Woman that Twitter now says is hate speech. We will still stream the movie here tonight in its entirety at 8 ET. Twitter has the next 12 hours to decide whether they want to be a true free speech platform or not.”

Note: The following video clip from the film, which has been marked by Twitter as possibly in violation of Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct, has some uncensored crude language in it:

The Daily Wire has apparently experienced censorship in regard to this stream from Twitter. Yes, Twitter. The company bought by Elon Musk to get the Babylon Bee out of Twitter jail for calling a man a man. (They jokingly named Rachel Levine “Man of the Year” after USA Today named him a “Woman of the Year.”) Musk has since filmed an interview with the Babylon Bee from Twitter headquarters, joking to them, “You made me buy the company.” So one would have thought that calling a man a man or a woman a woman would no longer be censored as hateful by Twitter.

But unfortunately, as of this writing, that censorship is still happening. See the label at the top here:

As of Thursday evening, I’m not able to retweet, like, bookmark, or reply to this tweet, as Twitter isn’t deeming it worthy of engagement in “a place for healthy conversation.”

But there’s more. The Daily Wire’s co-founder and co-CEO Jeremy Boreing wrote, “Twitter canceled a deal with @realdailywire to premiere What is a Woman? for free on the platform because of two instances of ‘misgendering.’ I’m not kidding.” What followed was a long thread.

Here are some further details:

Boreing wrote, “Twitter clarified they only removed ‘misgendering’ from their policy because they didn’t need to be that specific, but that they still consider ‘misgendering’ abuse and harassment.”

So it was all pretend? Elon Musk spent $43 billion buying Twitter just to take “misgendering” out of their policy officially but not in practice? Seth Dillon of the Babylon Bee concluded, “Seems like someone over there hasn’t gotten the free speech memo.”

Musk has since denounced the canceled deal as “a mistake by many people at Twitter.”

But the censorship on the post remains:

Hopefully things get sorted out soon and Musk’s “free speech memo” makes it to all the employees. But even if nothing changes for the day based on Musk’s tweet, Twitter had said they would limit its reach, which would likely only affect the post coming up in users’ feeds. So either way, the film should still be available on The Daily Wire’s Twitter page.

 

Aliya Kuykendall is a staff writer and proofreader for The Stream. You can follow Aliya on Twitter @AliyaKuykendall and follow The Stream @Streamdotorg.

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