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Former Congressional candidate from Geneva in standoff with Twitter over free speech

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Mario Fratto, a conservative businessman and attorney from Geneva, has found himself in a standoff with Twitter over the platform’s suspension of his account following the posting of a meme depicting two overlapping circles representing male and female genders, with the caption “mental illness.” Although the platform has stated that the content violated its rules against hateful conduct, Fratto claims that Twitter is silencing conservative voices and controlling people’s right to free speech. He has appealed the decision to suspend his account, and the company has said that Fratto can regain access by taking down the post.

Fratto has also claimed that other major social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube have found technical ways to limit his conservative messages, which he says have drawn large responses. He believes that the federal government should be involved in regulating social media platforms and ensuring freedom of speech.

Fratto lost to Rep. Claudia Tenney in the 24th Congressional District primary last year, and he said that his messages were particularly effective on Twitter. However, he is now frustrated that the platform is censoring his speech. Fratto claims that Twitter and other social media platforms are controlling people’s voices and not allowing them to speak freely. He hopes that Elon Musk, who purchased the company in 2022, will live up to his promise to make the platform more accepting of different values.

Twitter has described the post in question as violating its rules against hateful conduct, stating that users may not promote violence against, threaten or harass other people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. While Fratto insists that he is not a hateful person and is not out to hurt people, he claims that his post elicited hateful responses. Despite this, he is standing by his post, saying that he simply stated his personal belief, which he claims is also a scientific fact.