Journalist Savanah Hernandez was banned from Twitter on Monday after her viral coverage of the Lia Thomas NCAA competition story last week angered progressive activists. Twitter banned Hernandez for "ban evasion," since her previous, personal account had been suspended. This account was specifically for her podcast.
Hernandez found out about her ban shortly before an interview with The Post Millennial's Ari Hoffman, describing the interview she had posted on the platform. Hernandez spoke to a swimmer from the Virgina Tech swim team who spoke out after watching her teammate lose a spot in the finals to Thomas.
Hernandez's ban has resulted in the footage that she posted disappearing from the site. Among the coverage was a video interview where she featured a female swimmer visibly upset about how unfair it was that Lia Thomas bumped her teammate out of the NCAA finals.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, an Antifa affiliated account accused Hernandez of "transphobic harassment" and "ban evasion" after she posted the interview on Twitter and it went viral. It garnered millions of views and was featured on Tucker Carlson’s show. At the time of Savanah’s ban she had 37,000 followers.
The leftist backlash against her coverage hit internationally.
Hernandez explained to Hoffman the scoop that caught people’s attention:
"Now while I was reporting these events I was talking to parents in the audience, in the crowd, as we were watching Lia Thomas completely annihilate this entire competition, annihilate the female counterparts and athletes, and these were words the parents were using, okay? They were visibly upset. They were not happy that a biological male was coming in and destroying their daughters in the NCAA swimming championship. So the athletes themselves were told by coaches that they were not allowed to talk to the media about Lia Thomas. That they weren’t even allowed to mention Lia Thomas’s name in the locker room."
Hernandez published the following statement on Instagram after her Twitter ban: "My message to the LGBTQ community. To the Democrats. To the WEF. To Dr. Fauci. To the abortion industry. To the climate change activists. To the COVID cultists. I will never EVER stop exposing you and no matter how hard you try I will continue to elevate the voices in this country that the media tries to silence."
Last Wednesday, the mother of one of the NCAA swimmers elaborated on this point that swimmers are self-censoring about the Lia Thomas topic because they’re "...frightened of being told by their universities that they're transphobic and hateful."
The Hernandez ban comes around the same time as satirical website The Babylon Bee was locked out of their Twitter account for naming the transgendered US Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine as "Man of the Year." Charlie Kirk was also banned after stating that Levine was not female.
Rather than delete the tweet in question amidst a "hateful conduct" accusation from the platform, CEO Seth Dillon has since said the outlet would not do so. He sees taking any deletion action as being akin to admitting wrongdoing on the part of the website.
Dillon noted an increased effort at censorship against his personal account, as well.
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