December 11, 2023

By Clare Duffy | CNN

New York — The Trevor Venture, a suicide prevention group for LGBTQ+ youth, is quitting social media website X, saying Thursday it’s involved about “rising hate & vitriol on the platform focusing on the LGBTQ group — the group we exist to serve.”

“Should you’d prefer to sustain with our work supporting LGBTQ younger individuals, we invite you to observe us on Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Fb,” or on, the group mentioned in an announcement about closing its account on the platform previously often known as Twitter. “No on-line house is ideal, however getting access to adequate moderation capabilities is important to sustaining a safer house for our group.”

The transfer to depart X comes after months of issues about hateful speech on the platform, as proprietor Elon Musk emphasizes his want for what he calls “free speech” as a substitute. Musk has additionally taken hits at digital on-line watchdog teams who criticized the corporate’s dealing with of hate speech and different troubling content material, together with suing the Heart for Countering Digital Hate and threatening authorized motion towards the Anti-Defamation League (the lawsuit towards the ADL by no means materialized, and the group later resumed promoting on X).

X in April additionally rolled again a portion of its hateful conduct coverage that included particular protections for transgender individuals, together with eradicating a prohibition towards “focused misgendering or deadnaming of transgender people.”

Musk himself — whose daughter is transgender and mentioned earlier this 12 months that she wished to chop ties together with her father — has been criticized for a few of his statements on X concerning gender identification points.

For instance, in December 2020 he made a publish, since deleted, that mentioned “if you put he/him in your bio” alongside a drawing of an 18th century soldier rubbing blood on his face in entrance of a pile of lifeless our bodies and sporting a cap that learn “I like to oppress.” (In response to criticism to that publish, Musk wrote on the platform: “I completely assist trans, however all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”)

The Trevor Venture additionally famous that its exit from X comes after tons of of anti-LGBTQ+ payments, a report quantity, have been launched into statehouses throughout the US in 2023. Fellow civil rights group the Human Rights Marketing campaign in June declared a “state of emergency” for members of the LGBTQ+ group.