Twitter has been criticized for the double standard for flagging messages by Donald Trump, while Iran’s Ayatollah may call for ‘genocide’ on the Israeli people.
The social media giant says the dictator’s anti-Semitic tweets call Israel a “ cancerous growth ” pass as “ commentary on political issues of the day, ” while President Trump’s tweets could “ cause harm. ”
At a Knesset hearing on antisemitism in social media on Wednesday, human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky asked why the president’s tweets were highlighted, but not Ayatollah Khamenei’s, who “ literally called for the genocide on Israel and the Jewish people. ”
It’s because Twitter was criticized for being Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account. Suspended for 12 hours after promoting a video promoting hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.
Human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky (photo) wondered why the president’s tweets were highlighted, but not Ayatollah Khameini’s
The question was asked on Wednesday during a Knesset hearing on anti-Semitism on social media
On June 23, Twitter posted a public interest announcement on one of Trump’s tweets, after writing, “There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, DC, as long as I’m your president. If they try, they will be received with great power! ‘
The announcement read, “We posted a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abuse, especially the presence of a threat of harm to an identifiable group.”
Ostrovsky questioned the alleged double standards and asked Twitter’s Ylwa Pettersson, “ You’ve recently started flagging President Trump’s tweets.
“Why didn’t you highlight the tweets from Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran, which literally called for the genocide against Israel and the Jewish people?”
Pettersson defended the decision, justifying highlighting Trump’s tweets by saying they could “ do damage. ”
She replied, “We have an approach to world leaders who currently say that direct interactions with other public figures, commentaries on political issues of the day, or saber-rattling about military policy, do not generally conflict economic issues -”
She was interrupted by Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh, who wanted to clarify the question, “So calling for genocide is okay, but not responding to politics?”
Ylwa Pettersson of Twitter (photo) justified flagging Trump’s tweets by saying they risked inciting violence to the public
She was interrupted by Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh (pictured) who wanted to clarify the question
Pettersson replied, “So if a world leader is violating there are rules, but there is a clear interest in keeping that on the service, we can put it behind a post that gives more context about the breach and allows people to click if they want to see that type of content.
And that’s what happened before the Trump tweet, which tweet violated our policy regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet and the risk that it could potentially cause damage and similar actions cause.’
In May, Trump faced a backlash, and Twitter posted a post about violence during George Floyd demonstrations.
In a Twitter post, Trump wrote, “I just spoke [Minnesota] Governor Tim Walz and told him that the army is with him all the time. Any difficulty and we will take control, but when the looting starts, the shooting starts. ‘
In the same month, Khamenei compared the state of Israel to a “cancerous tumor” in a Twitter message.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to the tweets, saying, “The United States condemns the disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks made by Supreme Leader Khamenei. They have no place on Twitter or any other social media platform.
“We know that Khamenei’s despicable rhetoric does not represent the tradition of tolerance of the Iranian people.”
The double standards accusation comes after Republicans criticized Twitter for suspending the account of President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. after posting a link to a viral video by a doctor alleging that hydroxychloroquine was a Monday night. remedy ‘is for coronavirus and calls it’ must watch ‘.
Donald Trump Jr.’s Twitter account was restricted after posting a video of a doctor claiming hydroxychloroquine “ cures ” the coronavirus
“We have temporarily limited some of your account features,” the Twitter announcement read to the president’s oldest son, adding that it would be in effect for 12 hours.
“We have determined that this account violates Twitter rules. In particular for: 1. Violating the policy of disseminating misleading and potentially harmful information regarding COVID-19, “he continued.
Andrew Jr., a spokesperson for Don Jr., posted an image of the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning, complaining, “ Big Tech is the biggest threat to free speech in America today and they continue to engage in open election interference – complete stop. ‘