Twitter suspends Graham Linehan’s account for violating ‘hateful conduct’ rules

Graham Linehan's Twitter account has been suspended following "repeated violations" of rules against "hateful conduct", after making comments about trans people.

The Father Ted creator drew criticism after he reportedly tweeted "men aren't women tho" in response to a post by the Women's Institute wishing their transgender members a happy Pride.

His Twitter handle @Glinner has been suspended, and a notice says: "Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules."


A statement from a Twitter spokesman said: "The account has been permanently suspended after repeated violations of our rules against hateful conduct and platform manipulation."

Linehan has previously said he has "had police come to my house, phone me up" because of his public opinions on transgender issues.

In 2018, was given a verbal harassment warning after being reported by a transgender activist over social media comments.

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Graham Linehan, writer of the Father Ted comedy series, alongside his wife Helen, at an Amnesty International event in Belfast, calling for a change to Ireland's strict abortion laws.
** EMBARGOED: NOT FOR PUBLICATION BEFORE 2130 GMT SUNDAY APR. 26 2009 Graham Linehan, Richard Boden and Ash Atalla pose with presenters Michael McIntyre and Tess Daly after winning the award for Situation Comedy at the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in central London.
Graham Linehan wins the Ronnie Barker Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award, presented by Griff Rhys Jones (left) at the British Comedy Award 2009 at London Television Studios.
(L-R) Clive Rowe (One Round) , Peter Capaldi (Professor Marcus) James Fleet (Major Courtney) Marcia Warren (Mrs Wilberforce), Graham Linehan (writer) and Ben Miller (Louis Harvey), at The Ladykillers opening night after party at the Spice Market, London, 7th December 2011.
Ardal O'Hanlon (centre) chats with Graham Linehan at the funeral of late actor Frank Kelly, best known for his role as Father Jack in the hit comedy television series Father Ted, at the Church of the Guardian Angels, Blackrock Dublin.
Former police officer Harry Miller with Graham Linehan (third right) and supporters outside the High Court, London, ahead of the ruling that his allegedly "transphobic" tweets were lawful and Humberside Police's response interfered with his right to freedom of expression.
Writer and director Graham Linehan holds the award for best Comedy for 'The I.T. Crowd, at the 36th International Emmy Awards in New York, Monday, Nov. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 17: Portrait of Irish comedy writer and director Graham Linehan photographed at his home in London, on May 17, 2012. Linehan is best known as the creator of popular TV comedies Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd. (Photo by Rob Monk/Edge Magazine/Future via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) (L to R) Cast memberse Peter Capaldi, Stephen Wight and author Graham Linehan attends an after party following the Press Night performance of The Ladykillers at Spice Market on December 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Gary Astley (centre) shares a joke with Father Ted writers Arthur Mathews (left) and Graham Linehan at the start of the 2nd annual Father Ted festival in Kilfenora Co. Clare. (Photo by Niall Carson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

West Yorkshire Police spoke to the writer and told him to cease contacting Stephanie Hayden, who he has rowed with on Twitter.

Ms Hayden reported him for "transphobia" after he referred to her as "he" and for "deadnaming" her by referring to her by names used before she transitioned.

Many Twitter users were outraged by Twitter's decision.

Others though supported the move.

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