NEW YORK (VINnews) — Social media giant Twitter has recently been criticized for flagging President Trump’s tweets for misinformation, but Twitter itself is guilty of far worse misdemeanors than misinformation.
A tweet by Iranian president Ali Khamanei calling for a “reciprocal” blow to the US to avenge the death of Qassem Suleimani is deemed perfectly legitimate by Twitter despite the obviously incendiary rhetoric which could incite and encourage Muslim hotheads to execute acts of terror. Yet Twitter did not see any reason to remove the offensive tweet.
The Islamic Republic of Iran will never forget the martyrdom of Hajj Qasem Soleimani and will definitely strike a reciprocal blow to the US.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 21, 2020
However when it comes to the Jewish Star of David, a symbol of Jewish courage in the face of overwhelming adversaries attempting to destroy it, somehow Twitter has contrived to consider it “hateful imagery” and it is locking the accounts of users who display it in their profile pictures.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism has reported that several Twitter users have contacted them in recent days to report that their accounts had been locked by the social media platform. The reason given? According to messages they received from Twitter: “We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. As a result, we have locked your account.”
The blatantly double standard displayed by Twitter belies its self-claimed core value of “defending and respecting the user’s voice.” It also allegedly champions “a two-part commitment to freedom of expression and privacy.” However in this case Twitter has deliberately violated its own core values by showing utter disrespect for Jewish users freedom of expression. At the same time Twitter rules state that “there is no place on Twitter for terrorist organizations or violent extremist groups and individuals who affiliate with and promote their illicit activities.” How on earth then can Twitter condone tweets like Khamenei’s which is clearly a call for violent extremism while at the same time banning the Star of David with no thought for what it really represents to Jews worldwide?
It’s time Twitter took a few lessons in Jewish history and also made some attempt to live up to its own values before lecturing others about ‘misinformation.’