Twitter is a Terrible, Amoral Company: It Is Okay with “Death to Israel,” But Not Free and Fair Elections
One of the most disturbing revelations of recent weeks is what, exactly Twitter is okay with people using its platform to say. One particularly evident double-standard was exposed recently by the New York Post. That double standard is that Twitter will not punish Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran for calling for the death of Israel and Israelis, but will punish Trump for calling for the investigation of the many substantial claims of voter fraud.
Here is what the NYP reported in an article entitled “Twitter execs refused Israel’s request to remove Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei tweets”:
“Twitter executives last month rebuffed a request from the Israeli government to remove tweets from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the genocide of the Israeli people — claiming in a stunning letter obtained by The Post that the Jew-hate qualified as “comments on current affairs.”‘
“In a May 20 letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen called for the company to uphold its own hate speech policy and remove antisemitic tweets from Khamenei calling Israel a “cancerous growth” to be “uprooted and destroyed.”’
And as a note, that decision goes explicitly against Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, which clearly indicates that users “may not promote violence against, or directly attack, or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin or religious affiliation… or calls for mass murder.”’
Meanwhile, of course, President Trump has been kicked off of Twitter for calling for an investigation into voter fraud while at a rally in D.C. on January 6th.
As context and as a helpful contrast, here’s what Trump said in one of the tweets that the Twitter execs deemed to be an immediate threat:
“The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”
His other tweets related to accusations of voter fraud, accusations which are yet to be proven or disproven.
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That’s all. That he thinks the people who voted for him are patriots. That was enough for Twitter to ban him because they consider the word “patriot” to really mean “domestic terrorist.” And because they and their biased fact-checkers don’t think voter fraud happened, they also deemed his tweets on those subjects to be intolerable.
Twitter’s double standard is as absurd as it is hypocritical. Khamenei called for the death of Jews many times. His nation, Iran, is in control of the Hezbollah terror group that could bombard Israel with hundreds of thousands of rockets and missiles at any moment. Hezbollah continually attacks Israel on a smaller scale. His threats are real and lead to real-world violence.
Trump, meanwhile, professed a wish for a free and fair election and called people patriots. Yet Twitter banned him.
That’s nonsensical. Even if you think Trump’s statements or actions related to the Reichstag Fire of 2021 were calls for violence, which they weren’t, that doesn’t mean that Khamenei’s statements were any better. At the very most, Trump’s statements indirectly led to violence. At the very least, Khamenei is actually calling for death and violence, even if in the future.
Twitter is an evil company that must be boycotted. This revelation that Twitter is okay with the genocide of Israelis but not with suspicions of election fraud shows that clearly.
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