'A Vice Provost at Imperial College London was left issuing a "grovelling apology" for sharing articles which questioned the transgender lobby on social media.
Prof Simone Buitendijk, Imperial’s Vice Provost of Education, apologised for causing “hurt or anxiety” after students noticed she was sharing articles and liking pages on Twitter that they said were “transphobic”.
More than 80 students signed a letter urging her and the college to “publicly respond” to their concerns. Prof Buitendijk then vowed to “stop all engagement” with the accounts the students took issue with.
One accusation related to her following the account Transgender Trend, a group that describes themselves as a parent support network “concerned about the current trend to diagnose children as transgender”.
The group’s founder, Stephanie Davies-Arai, refuted claims that they were transphobic, adding: “The students found out she was following our page on Twitter and that she liked some of out tweets. It looks like they were monitoring her account.
"These are students. How are they able to intimidate a senior professor on this way and force a grovelling apology? It is really scary - but it is working.”
In another tweet cited by the students, which Prof Buitendijk has since deleted, she shared what she described as “a good piece on gender self identification and women’s rights” from the Spectator in October 2018.
"It is a free speech issue,” Ms Davies-Arai said. “She has an absolute right to read and share what she wants and to speak in a personal capacity.”'
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