Update: After this story posted, Twitter issued an alert to Mohamad’s tweet saying it “violated the Twitter rules about glorifying violence,” but that the platform “determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad posted a thread of tweets early Thursday in which he justified Muslims ‘killing millions of French people’ as a form of revenge. The tweet comes as news continues to develop surrounding a terrorist attack on churchgoers in Nice, France on Thursday that killed three people and injured many others. News from the attack is still developing.
Twitter’s Head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth didn’t immediately respond to this reporter’s request for comment via Twitter Direct Message in which he was asked:
‘Does the following tweet by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia violate Twitter rules? Also, does Twitter plan to remove the tweet over its incitement of violence, especially considering the context of the terrorist attack in France?’
On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before the Senate Commerce Committee where he said the speech of world leaders, including the incitement and antisemitism by Iran’s Ali Khamenei, is typically protected as “saber rattling.” Dorsey also admitted that Holocaust denial doesn’t violate Twitter’s rules.
The terrorist who carried out Thursday’s brutal attack in Nice shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic, as he carried out the attack, according to reports.
The attack comes amid growing tension between French President Emmanuel Macron and leaders of Muslim countries over cartoons circulating around France of the Prophet Muhammad. Macron defends the publication of such cartoons and has condemned the many Muslim nations pushing a boycott of French goods in response.
Thursday’s attack also comes just days after a Paris teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded for showing cartoons of Muhammad to his class.
The former Malaysian PM said he didn’t approve of the beheading of Paty, but said “Muslims have the right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past” and added that the Muslim countries’ boycott of French products amid the dispute with Macron “cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years.”
The following is his threat that remains on Twitter:
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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