Can anyone spot the missing category?

Not mine, but someone else received this not-very-nice message from Zoom:

Their “Community Standards” page reads, in part,

We believe that hateful conduct is conduct that promotes violence against or directly attacks or threatens other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease. We will not allow access to Zoom to those who have used or intend to use it for the purpose of inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.

Now, what is the category that’s missing? It’s a category that most Western countries have made laws to protect against discrimination.


So, like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Reddit and Anchor*, it is not “hateful conduct” to promote violence against, or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of their (biological) sex.

And for some totally unfathomable reason, it always seems to be directed at women.

*) This popped up in my feeds just as WordPress and Anchor (part of Spotify) announced their blog-to-podcast service:

Which might have been tempting, if not Anchor just a few days prior to that tipped their hand and showed everyone that it would be a really bad idea to build your brand on their platform.

A feminist podcast had done that, but one man – just one – with a questionable obsession with a certain type of media, complained and Anchor removed the podcast.

As a friend of mine wrote, maybe don’t build your brand on Anchor.

Likewise, maybe I was wrong to write this on WordPress, because they are not really to be trusted, either.













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