July 29, 2020

Twitter Rep Exposes ‘Double Standard’ At Meeting With Israeli Officials: Allows Iran’s Leaders To Call For Jewish Genocide But Flags Trump

Twitter’s head of policy for the Nordics and Israel Ylwa Pettersson (picture captured from video)

I couldn’t believe what I was reading but then I listened to the video of a Knesset hearing on antisemitism and there it was at a meeting in Israel on Twitter’s policies regarding world leaders.

At Wednesday’s meeting a TwItter representative flatly stated that some of President Donald Trump’s Tweets needed to be flagged because it served the public interest but Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people is acceptable because it reflects “commentary on political issues of the day.”

Insane doesn’t begin to explain how a Twitter representative could say what they said, with a straight face. In fact, she said it as if there was nothing wrong with the idea that the leader of the free world is bad, while the Iranian so-called Supreme leader’s consistent antisemitic and dangerous statements are just commentary.

For crying out loud, the Iranian government promotes genocide. It’s just that simple.

Arsen Ostrovsky, a human rights lawyer and political analyst, asked Twitter’s head of policy for the Nordics and Israel Ylwa Pettersson: “I have a simple question here, you’ve recently started flagging the Tweets of President Trump, why have you not flagged the Tweets of Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, who has literally called for the genocide of Israel and the Jewish people?”

Pettersson said, “so we have an approach to world leaders that presently say that direct interactions with fellow public figures on political issues of the day or foreign policy, saber rattling on military, economic policy issues are generally not in violation of our (Twitter) policy.” She came before the Knesset to answer questions related to the companies digital policy on political speech.

Member of the Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh, “so calling for genocide on Twitter is okay, but commenting on political situations in certain countries is not okay?”

“I think that what’s come up again and again through different examples is actually a sense of double standards,” said Cotler-Wunsh. She later noted that Twitter has double-standards and has failed to hold Iran accountable, like it has for other countries.

For example, in one instance Twitter suppressed a Tweet by President Trump in May. In that tweet – during a time where people were rioting in the cities – he Tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Twitter immediately posted a warning on the Tweet that said it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”

Twitter has not taken similar actions against Khamenei, who by the way has called for Israel’s annihilation and has called the Jewish people a “cancerous growth.”

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