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Robot Versus Sealion

How a Twitter bot handles trolls in defense of the transgender community

A 2021 Pride participant wears a transgender flag as a cape in New York City
A 2021 Pride participant wears a transgender flag as a cape, New York, NY — photo by Robert Stribley

Sealioning now seems to be the preferred tactic of anti-transgender critics and trolls on social media as it allows them to pretend they’re being polite, if insistent and to proclaim that science is on their side without actually taking a deeper look at the emerging science on the topic. Compared to the much…

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Robert A Stribley

Robert A Stribley

Writer. Photographer. UXer. Creative Director. Interests: immigration, privacy, human rights, design. UX: Publicis Groupe. Teach: SVA. Aussie/American. He/him.