At an Israeli Knesset hearing on Antisemitism, a Twitter spox was asked why they flag Trump’s tweets but not Iran’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei, when he calls for the genocide of Israelis.
I kid you not! At Knesset hearing on Antisemitism, @Twitter rep tells me they flag @realDonaldTrump because it serves ‘public conversation’, but not Iran's @khamenei_ir call for GENOCIDE, which passes for acceptable 'commentary on political issues of the day'. cc. @CotlerWunsh pic.twitter.com/AXwjkrvlql
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) July 29, 2020
The Twitter spox responds, saying “So 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, economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules.”
At that point a rep in the Knesset interrupts and says “So calling for genocide is ok, but commenting on politics is not? Just so we understand, I want to fine tune the question. Calling for genocide is ok, but commenting on political situations in other countries is not ok?”
Then comes the amazing part, where the Twitter spox actually responds saying that Trump’s tweet was censored “for the glorification of violence….and the risk that it could inspire harm.”
So a world leader calling for the genocide of the Israeli people doesn’t glorify violence and won’t inspire harm, but a Trump tweet about stopping the rioting and looting in Democrat cities does. Wow.
The same Israeli rep in the Knesset spoke up again and said “I think that what’s come up again and again, through different examples, is actually a sense of double standards. And I would implore Twitter – and I think it’s your responsibility that you have to be held to account for that – there is no double standard in the application…”
It is a clear double standard. Twitter is heavily invested in Trump losing the election but they don’t give a rat’s ass about the Iranian Supreme Leader trying to inspire actual genocide of the Israeli people.