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Charity Commission engages with LGB Alliance after Twitter violation

19 Aug 2021 News

The Charity Commission is engaging with LGB Alliance after the charity breached Twitter’s rules. 

LGB Alliance was formed in late 2019 in opposition to Stonewall’s support for transgender policies. It was registered as a charity earlier this year, after it promised to change its approach on social media.   

Prior to registration a number of people expressed concerns about the organisation. Some charities have now appealed the regulator’s decision to the Charity Tribunal. 

Last week Twitter users complained about a tweet from the LGB Alliance. That tweet has now been deleted and in its place a notice says: “This tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter rules.” 

The Commission said it was aware of the issue.

A spokesperson said: “We are aware of concerns about recent social media activity by the LGB Alliance, and are engaging with the charity’s trustees on this matter. We cannot comment further at this time.”

LGB Alliance: ‘We believe in free speech and respectful debate’ 

Twitter has an escalating scale of sanctions, which start by requiring posts to be removed and ultimately lead to accounts being permanently suspended if they repeatedly breach its rules.

Bev Jackson, co-founder of LGB Alliance, said: “LGB Alliance exists to protect the rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. 

“It is never our intention to cause offence but to robustly speak out on issues of concern to LGB people. We believe in free speech and respectful debate and take our responsibilities as a charity very seriously.”

Crowdfunder to support Tribunal appeal

Mermaids, with the support of LGBT+ Consortium, Gendered Intelligence, LGBT Foundation, TransActual, and Good Law Project have launched are raising money to challenge the Commission’s decision to register LGB Alliance. 

The fundraising page opened in June and has so far raised nearly £65,000 against a “stretch” target of £80,000. 

The legal challenge has been filed with the Charity Tribunal and a case management hearing is expected to take place in early September. 

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