Prominent free speech activist Lindsay Shepherd has been permanently suspended from Twitter.

Shepherd’s ban this week appears to be linked to a heated exchange between Shepherd and Jessica Yaniv, a transgender woman, on Twitter.

In the exchange, Yaniv consistently hurled insults towards Shepherd, even referencing her infant son and reproductive organs.

Yaniv taunted the former teaching assistant at Wilfrid Laurier by poking fun of a reproductive condition from which Shepherd suffers. 

“I heard @realDonaldTrump is building a wall inside of your uterus aka your “reproductive abnormality” hopefully the walk works as intended,” Yaniv tweeted.

As expected, Shepherd defended herself.

“At least I have a uterus, you fat ugly man” Shepherd tweeted back, adding, “Of course, he thinks reproductive issues are something to be mocked.”

The exchange occurred on Sunday July 14, 2019. On Monday, Shepherd’s account was suspended on Twitter.

Yaniv celebrated Twitter’s decision to ban Shepherd, tweeting “Time to throw a party! Hatred has no place in this world. Bye Felicia!” 

Yaniv is no stranger to controversy. In November 2018, Feminist Current founder Meghan Murphy was also suspended from Twitter for allegedly “deadnaming” Yaniv, using Yaniv’s legal male name. Murphy sued Twitter for deceptive trade practices and breach of contract.

Shepherd, a contributor to True North, filed an appeal to Twitter but it was denied. 

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