Caitlyn Jenner backed Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover bid on Thursday, saying it’s time someone stopped the site from ‘censoring’ debate and claiming that she was ‘shadow banned’ after joining FOX News.
Jenner, 72, joined FOX as a contributor two weeks ago and claims that since then, her engagement from followers has dramatically decreased.
Twitter and other social media sites have long been accused of ‘shadow-banning’ prominent users whose views they deem ‘harmful,’ making it harder for users to find their profiles, or see their posts.
The trans ex-Olympian says it is proof that Twitter and other woke big tech companies no longer foster free speech and open debate, but squash conservative voices they do not agree with – like hers.
In an appearance on America Reports on Thursday, she said: ‘I love Elon Musk, I agree with him 100%. You know, I love Twitter, I’ve used it for years.
My family was really involved from the beginning and helped build the platform. I joined in 2015 and broke the world record of the fastest ever to 1million followers. I’ve enjoyed using it – using it recently having fun with it to have fun and stimulate conversation and then two weeks ago, guess what? I joined FOX News and guess what happened? I got shadow banned on Twitter.
‘My engagements went down dramatically, I was absolutely shocked… I got shadow banned. My reach is much less now today,’ she said.
Caitlyn Jenner claimed on Thursday to have been shadow banned by Twitter after joining FOX News as a contributor
Jenner has 3.4million followers on the platform but says she had her reach ‘dramatically’ reduced
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, pictured on Thursday giving a TED talk, says he wants to take over Twitter to improve civilization
Twitter declined to comment.
Jenner joined FOX while tweeting about how unfair it was for Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer, to compete in the female category of the sport when she was born male and is taller, heavier and faster than the rest of the girls.
Musk announced on Thursday that he had launched a takeover bid
Jenner, who famously transitioned from male to female in 2015, is among the few voices condemning Thomas’ participation in the female category.
She is also one of the few who speaks from relevant experience, having been an Olympic gold medal winning decathlete prior to her transition.
Musk is one of Twitter’s largest shareholders. On Thursday, he announced he was trying to take over the company and the negotiations of a possible deal are ongoing.
Caitlyn said on Thursday that he was needed to restore free speech to the platform.
‘This is the way I look at it. Right now, social media and so many big companies have become captive to their employees these woke employees and woke movement we have out there.
‘My family recently started a show on Hulu which is Disney. Look what happened to Disney last month when they became political? They went woke on us – they went up against Ron de Santis for a bill about parental rights.
‘Look what happened to their stock. Twitter does the same thing – instead of doing what’s right for society, they are doing what they think is right for their employees and it’s killing these companies.
Jenner joined FOX News at the end of March. Among her views is that trans women who were born male shouldn’t be allowed to compete in female sport because it gives an unfair advantage to biological women
‘I hope Elon Musk comes in here and changes this. These woke companies are not going to survive in all of this. We’re not getting open debate on Twitter anymore. It is what they think is politically correct and that has to be stopped.
‘We’re totally being censored by big tech and it’s got to stop.
‘With Elon Musk taking over Twitter, it will have such a big impact.
‘If we can get back to free speech, open debate – the rest of social media is watching this and watching very closely. We’ve got to get away from this woke world that we’re living with and everything has to be politically correct.
‘They’re going to shadow ban you, cancel you. That is not what America is about,’ she said.
Jenner joined FOX at the end of March as a contributor.
In her first appearance on the network in her new role, she told Sean Hannity that while she is trans, she is not a ‘trans activist’.
‘As you know, I am trans but I’m not a trans activist. That’s just one part of my life. There’s so much more to me. But I think in the next in the midterms coming up, LGBT issues are going to be very big issues, and I’m looking forward to covering those.
‘But there’s so much more to me than that, obviously.’