In April, the Babylon Bee was given an ultimatum by Twitter. Either they could delete a Tweet declaring U.S. assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rachel Levine as “Man of the Year,” or they couldn’t have access to their account.
They opted to keep the Tweet up.
Billionaire Elon Musk reached out to the satire outlet to confirm that they were locked out. Then, he started Tweeted about buying Twitter. As CEO Seth Dillon noted today, they waited 223 days with their account locked, which we now know is longer than Twitter was able to wait before being bought up by Musk.
It's been 223 days. Twitter changed hands before I changed my mind. https://t.co/xgYsRpaogA
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) October 29, 2022
The decision to ban a satire site for posting a hilarious piece of satire on April Fool’s Day may be seen historically as a turning point for free speech. Kudos to Seth Dillon and his amazing team at the Babylon Bee.