Twitter is locking the accounts of users who display the Star of David in their profile image or header, deeming it “hateful imagery.”
The London-based nonprofit Campaign Against Antisemitism said several Twitter users have contacted them recently to report that their accounts had been locked because various images of the Star of David violated the social media platform’s “rules against posting hateful imagery,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
Twitter has been aggressively banning accounts of many types over the past four months. Twitter also banned thousands of accounts tied to QAnon, a group Twitter says falsely promotes that President Trump is fighting human trafficking.
In defending itself Twitter claims to be stopping hate speech.
“You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. As a result, we have locked your account,” Twitter wrote to the users.
The Post reported the offending images “ranged from a white Star of David in a graffiti style, to a superimposition of the modern blue star on the flag of Israel spliced with the yellow star Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis, to a montage of yellow stars.”
The jump from mass banning pro-Trump individuals and groups to banning Jews is a big one, however. The very hate speech Twitter says they are trying to avoid is actually what they are guilty of.
Note that what Twitter is doing is perfectly legal. As a private entity the can set whatever rules they want on their platform. There are no first amendment rights on social media.
But it is a bad sign and a dangerous move. After all, Twitter is a platform that has consistently lost money. Dramatic and far reaching actions such as this will no doubt have consequences determined by the free market and investors.
Twitter users, naturally, are outraged:
#Disgusting that Twitter deems the Jewish symbol as hateful imagery. Twitter needs to learn what the #StarOfDavid signifies & apologise to the Jewish community for breaking their own rules. https://t.co/RNiDvHpT6U
— Robbo Maroon (@robbomaroon) July 22, 2020
— DingusMcGee (@DingusGee) July 22, 2020
#QAnon is a bad thing on Twitter. The #StarOfDavid is hate speech according to Twitter. #Antifa is perfectly acceptable. Riotous, #racist #Marxist mobs spewing hate while advocating and planning violence doesn’t violate their standards. #shameless #hypocrites #censorship #Parler
— Jonathan Burris (@jonathanburris) July 22, 2020
Why is this applicable to Christmas?
You honestly don’t think this can’t happen to you?