X is Reportedly Flagging ‘Cis’ and ‘Cisgender’ as Potential Violations

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Key Takeaways

  • Elon Musk’s platform has taken action to caution users posting "cis" terms.
  • The warning appears as a full-screen notice.
  • A report claims the action against these words is not consistent with terms aimed at other demographics.

It appears writing the words “cis” or “cisgender” on X could prompt a large, full-screen warning of a potential breach of the social media platform’s rules.

You can continue to publish the post, amend it, or delete it.

The warning on the platform formerly known as Twitter claimed the post’s language “may be considered a slur by X” that could be used to violate the social network’s rules.

Cisgender is a term (also shortened to cis) used to describe a person whose gender identity corresponds with the sex they were identified with at birth. 

Conversely, a person who is transgender feels the sex they were assigned at birth does not ally with how they identify. Transgender derives from the Latin prefix trans, meaning “on the other side of,” while Cis is also a Latin prefix denoting “on this side of.”

Since last year, X owner Elon Musk has maintained the words “cis” and “cisgender” are treated as slurs on the platform. As reported by TechCrunch, though, this appears to have developed into a more prominent warning for using the terms on X. 

TechCrunch said its internal testing revealed slurs aimed at Black, transgender, and Jewish people can be posted without issues.


X’s Hateful Conduct policy reads “We prohibit targeting others with repeated slurs, tropes or other content that intends to degrade or reinforce negative or harmful stereotypes about a protected category.” 

This contains no explicit mention of “cis” being considered a slur within the official rules, but it appears it is being treated as such even though some have used the issue to question the free speech and equality credentials of the online space.