Christians Need to ‘Be Wise’ in How We Use Social Media Because People ‘Are Watching’

Dr. Michael Brown walked out of his church one Sunday in late January to find he had been temporarily locked out of his Twitter account — a consequence that followed a tweet in which he acknowledged the biological birth sex of a prominent transgender political figure.

President Joe Biden had just days prior named Dr. Rachel Levine, the now-former secretary of health in Pennsylvania, to serve as his assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Levine is a transgender woman, meaning a biological male who identifies as female.

Brown’s offending tweet was actually an informal experiment, and it wielded exactly the result he anticipated. On Jan. 20, the columnist and radio host posted: “Will I get punished by Twitter for saying that, in God’s sight, ‘Rachel’ Levine … is a man?” On Sunday, Jan. 24, he got his answer, as he explained in an editorial.

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Speaking recently with Faithwire, Brown explained that, after contacting Twitter, staffers for the platform told him he could regain access to his account if he deleted the offending tweet. Brown said he agreed to do so, but not before writing — and publishing — an op-ed explaining the entire situation within the 12-hour period, ensuring the saga would be documented and publicly available to anyone interested in the censorship story.

Brown said the issue really boils down to “double standards.”

“Our issue is censoring things on one side and not on another side,” Brown explained. “It’s one thing if a platform said, ‘Hey, these are our guidelines: they’re very narrow, they’re very clear. If you want to be a part of this, then you do this.’ It’s another thing when they truly are unfair toward Christians and conservatives.”

“This is not some paranoia thing,” he added.

Brown said he has been watching the censorship of conservative and Christian voices ramp up for nearly two decades, really since the beginning days at Facebook, where he said he has often faced backlash for promoting the biblical definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

He recalled sending a Facebook employee countless pages filled with “hostile, ugly, Christian-bashing, Jesus-bashing” content “with graphic pictures and everything.” He said he was often told those pages didn’t violate the platform’s “community guidelines.”

“The censorship,” Brown said, “overwhelmingly goes in one direction.”

In addition to Brown’s Twitter account, two handles linked to the right-leaning LifeSiteNews were reportedly locked for referring to Levine as “a father of two who divorced his wife in 2013.” Similarly, as Faithwire reported in early February,…

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