GOODBYE: Twitter Purges Hamas Terrorists from Platform Amidst ‘Day of Jihad’

October 13th, 2023 2:49 PM

Elon Musk’s X (formerly known as Twitter) took forceful actions against Hamas-tied accounts ahead of the disturbing “Day of Jihad.”

While leftist platforms like YouTube allow Hamas terrorists to call for a day of against Israel with impunity, X began purging accounts tied to Hamas. The rabid terrorist group unleashed a string of attacks against Israel that left over 1,300 Israeli citizens dead, in addition to numerous Americans. X CEO Linda Yaccarino announced the move in a three-page letter posted on the platform.

“We are deeply troubled by the large-scale and unprecedented terrorist attack on Israel and by the loss of innocent lives,” Yaccacino said on Oct. 11 in response to a letter from E.U. Commissioner Thierry Breton. Breton pressed companies earlier this week about their efforts to curtail Hamas’ reach. “There is no such place on X for terrorist organizations or violent extremist groups and we continue to remove such accounts in real time, including proactive efforts,” she added.

Shortly after Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, X was flooded with images of the violence and chaos left behind in Israel. Some unhinged, leftist users have claimed some of those images have been manipulated or fabricated to perpetrate violence against Palestinians. Yaccarino said X is taking action against the gore content. “Since the terrorist attack on Israel, we have taken action to remove or label tens of thousands of pieces of content, while Community Notes are visible on thousands of posts, generating millions of impressions,” the letter read.

Hamas leaders called on Muslim nations to join Hamas in their quest to destroy Israel. Ismail Haniyeh, the Qatari-based Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, made the disturbing call in an interview with Al Jazeera, saying, “‘This is the battle of not only the Palestinians or the Gazans, it is the battle of all the Arab and Muslim nations.’” Hamas founder Khaled Meshal echoed the terrorist pledge in an interview with Reuters. “‘Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan… This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility’,” he said.

Yaccaino implied that these calls to action are not allowed on the platform. “So far since the start of the conflict X has identified and removed hundreds of Hamas-affiliated accounts from the platform,” she added, before citing X's policies on the promotion of terrorist acts. “We may also remove posts disseminating manifestos or other content produced by perpetrators.”

X’s actions mark a stark contrast to those of YouTube. The Google-owned platform did not answer MRC Free Speech America's questions on whether Hamas’ calls for terrorism violated YouTube’s policy against terrorism. As of Oct. 13, Haniyeh’s interview with Al Jazeera remains available on YouTube.

Conservatives are under attack. Contact YouTube at 650-253-0000 and demand they stop promoting terrorist organizations and their bid to destroy Israel.