Twitter’s allowance of terrorist-supporting, anti-Semitic content on its platform is so glaring, even leftist The Atlantic bashed the platform for refusing to deal with the issue.
Atlantic writer Yair Rosenberg wrote June 9 that Twitter allows anti-Semitic hate speech on its platform, most notably from Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. “The platform’s decision makers don’t understand anti-Semitism, and they aren’t embarrassed by it,” he wrote. The leftist Atlantic couldn’t resist bashing former President Donald Trump (a very pro-Israel, pro-Jewish president) in the article. But the outlet did at least acknowledge Big Tech’s bias: “Despite what they claim, I’d argue that social-media companies don’t ban people simply for disseminating dangerous misinformation—they ban people whose misinformation makes their leadership uncomfortable at liberal dinner parties.”
On June 8, the Ayatollah posted his latest in a years-long series of anti-Semitic tweets: “Today, #Zionism is an obvious plague for the world of #Islam. The Zionists have always been a plague, even before establishing the fraudulent Zionist regime. Even then, Zionist capitalists were a plague for the whole world. Now they’re a plague especially for the world of Islam.”
As The Atlantic explained, “[e]very anti-Jewish bigot” simply replaces the word “Jew” with “Zionist” and thus attracts somewhat less condemnation and attention for their anti-Semitic screeds. The Atlantic noted that Twitter “banned another notable world leader” (presumably Trump, whom the article had just discussed) but not Khamenei. “A strong case can be made that given Khamenei’s access to political and military power, the virulence of his anti-Semitism, and the way it defines his global outlook, he is the world’s most powerful anti-Semite,” the article stated. “He denies the Holocaust while threatening another, and deploys the very rhetoric used to incite the murder of Jews for centuries while actively pursuing the nuclear weaponry that might make such murder possible.”
Twitter’s “Hateful conduct policy” states, “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin … [or] religious affiliation.” Yet Khamenei continues to tweet anti-Semitic hatred without consequences.
Twitter’s “Glorification of violence policy” further states, “you can’t glorify, celebrate, praise or condone violent crimes, violent events where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group, or the perpetrators of such acts.”
Yet Khamenei has repeatedly praised both the late mass murderer Gen. Qassem Soleimani and “Palestinian” terrorist-affiliated groups. A 2021 tweet praised “Palestinian Jihad’s internal power” and added, “Once, Palestinian youth defended themselves by throwing stones, but today they respond to the enemy’s attacks with precision missiles.” Other shocking posts from Khamenei include two 2020 tweets calling the Israeli government a “cancerous tumor” and “a deadly, cancerous growth.” This is ironic considering the Iranian government has been classified as a “State Sponsor of Terrorism” since 1984.
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