Twitter Rouses Anger With Its ‘Inept Response To Anti-Semitism’ After Locking Jewish User Accounts With Star Star Profile Photos
- Jewish Twitter users complained about their accounts where the Star of David was locked as a profile photo for showing ‘snide images’
- The social media platform claims it had worked to strip the site of the ‘yellow star’ allegedly used to attack and attack Jews
- Campaign against anti-Semitism told the MailOnline in a statement that the platform’s response was “inept.”
Twitter has been accused of an “ inept response to anti-Semitism ” after locking accounts of Jewish users who had the Star of David profile picture.
Twitter locked out accounts that showed the Jewish Star of David and told users that they had broken the rules for having “snide images” on their profile pictures.
Among the blocked accounts, one showed a string of yellow stars, while others showed a Star of David next to Batman character Harley Quinn and the star on a graffiti-style cream background.
In a statement, Twitter said they did not view the Star of David as a spiteful image and that they attempted to remove images of the ‘yellow star’, which was reportedly used to target Jewish users.
Anti-Semitism campaign, which received complaints from Twitter users after their profiles were shut down, told MailOnline in a statement that the platform’s response to anti-Semitism was “ inept. ”
Picture: the accounts blocked by Twitter. Of the blocked accounts, only one showed the ‘yellow star’, while others showed a Star of David next to Batman character Harley Quinn or the star on a graffiti-style cream background
Pictured: One of the accounts blocked by Twitter. The social media platform said they are working to eradicate the ‘yellow star’ profiles, which have reportedly been used to target Jews
Twitter’s statement said, “We want to clarify some questions about snide images on Twitter. We definitely don’t consider the Star of David to be a spiteful symbol or a spiteful image. We have seen for some time that the symbol ‘yellow star’ or ‘yellow badge’ is used by people who want to attack Jewish people. ‘
Stephen Silverman, director of investigations and enforcement at the Jewish anti-Semitism campaign group, said, “Only one of the locked accounts had a yellow star, and that was very clear as a way to reclaim the yellow stars used by the Nazis.
“This is exactly the kind of inept response to anti-Semitism we’ve come to expect from Twitter, which last week tried to convince us that the viral anti-Semitic #JewishPrivilege hashtag was legitimate.
“We’d love to help Twitter, but they largely ignore us when we approach them. It seems that Twitter prefers to go after Jewish users who proudly show their identities, but not after anti-Semitic users who unabashedly promote anti-Jewish vitriol. ‘
According to the Jerusalem Post, users received messages saying, “We have determined that this account violates Twitter rules.
Specifically for: breaking our rules against posting spiteful images.
Twitter’s statement reads, “We want to clarify some questions about snide images on Twitter. We definitely don’t think of the Star of David as a spiteful symbol or a spiteful image ‘
You should not use spiteful images or symbols in your profile picture or profile header.
“That’s why we locked your account.”
Last week, Twitter was accused of not fighting anti-Semitism after the hashtag #JewishPrivilege started to become trending on its platform.
The hashtag was used to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, such as that Jews controlled the slave trade and ruled the world order.
Jews on Twitter began using the hashtag to describe in detail the discrimination, hardships, and anti-Semitism they and their families had encountered.