Twitter has defended the decision to block or restrict tweets from President Trump, but incredulously will allow those from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for the genocide of the Israeli people. The Ayatollah regularly tweets threats to Israel and the Jewish people, calling them “deadly, cancerous growth” to be “uprooted and destroyed”—all going unchecked by Twitter.
Their defense is the Ayatollah’s tweets can be regarded as “commentary on political issues of the day,” however the president’s remarks could “inspire harm.”
During a hearing on antisemitism in front of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem, human rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky, the executive director of the Israeli-Jewish Congress, put questions to a Twitter representative. “You have recently started flagging the tweets of President Trump,” he said.
“Why have you not flagged the tweets of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has literally called for the genocide of Israel and the Jewish people?” he asked.
The Twitter spokeswoman replied that the Ayatollah’s comments were little more than “foreign policy saber-rattling,” reports the NY Post.
“We have an approach to world leaders that presently say that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on military and economic issues are generally not in violation of our Twitter rules,” the spokeswoman continued.
“So calling for genocide is OK?” said lawyer Michal Cotler-Wunsh, interrupting the Twitter spokesperson.
“Calling for genocide on Twitter is OK, but commenting on political situations in certain countries is not OK?” she continued.
Recently the Ayatollah tweeted in May: “The long-lasting virus of Zionism will be uprooted thanks to the determination and faith of the youth.”
The former acting director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell took to Twitter on Wednesday, July 29, and shared a clip of the exchange during the hearing.
“This should be something the U.S. media reports. Wow.”
The Twitter spokeswoman refused to give any valid reason for the obvious “double standards.”
“If a world leader violates our rules, but it is a clear interest in keeping that up on the servers, we may place it behind a notice that provides some more context about the violation,” she said.
“That it has happened for the Trump tweet, that tweet was violating our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line of that tweet and the risk that it could possibly inspire harm and similar actions,” she continued.
At an antitrust hearing on Wednesday, big tech CEOs were grilled before Congress, with Republican lawmakers accusing the media giants of being “out to get conservatives.”
“I’ll just cut to the chase: Big Tech is out to get conservatives,” Ohio Republican Jim Jordan said. “That’s not a suspicion, that’s not a hunch. That’s a fact.”
Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted:
Twitter censors President Trump for defending the rule of law.
But does nothing when the Ayatollah promotes:
-Attacks against the United States
-The elimination of Israel
-The genocide of Jewish people
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 30, 2020
Big tech’s out to get conservatives. It’s time they face the consequences. pic.twitter.com/jfPRPL1rZ1
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Google has denied engaging in any political bias, something the conservative website Breitbart recently has accused them of.
“New data shows that Google has suppressed Breitbart’s search visibility by 99.7 percent since 2016,” the outlet said in a recent article.
This week, on Tuesday, July 28, the Breitbart News Twitter account was locked, and 48 hours later they had still received no reply to their appeal. The reason for the ban? Breitbart had allowed a video of a press conference featuring Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and frontline doctors, held by the organization “America’s Frontline Doctors,” organized and sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots.
— Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) July 30, 2020
The doctors wanted to share their views and give information about the CCP virus pandemic. For this, the news outlet is being punished. The video was taken down from Twitter, and Breitbart’s account was locked. Similar censorship took place on YouTube and Facebook, but not before more than 17 million people were able to access important information. America’s Frontline Doctors have since, it seems, had their website taken offline.
Twitter also suspended the account of the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., along with other prominent Conservatives, for posting the same video.
Big Tech is the biggest threat to free expression in America today & they’re continuing to engage in open election interference – full stop. pic.twitter.com/7dJbauq43O
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 28, 2020