was contacted this week by many Twitter users whose accounts had been locked. Yesterday David joked on Twitter: “Does anyone think we should demand an apology from William Shatner for wearing a nazi uniform in that episode of Star Trek?
David Silverman. “Twitter has put the lie to that claim by demonstrating that it does have the resources, but chooses to target the benign symbol of a victimized minority instead of the countless racists who use its platform with impunity,” said Silverman.
Twitter Locks Accounts for Displaying Star of David, Cites 'Hateful Imagery' Roman Yanushevsky / Shutterstock "It seems that Twitter prefers to go after Jewish users who proudly display their identity but not after anti-Semitic users who unabashedly promote anti-Jewish vitriol," said Stephen Silverman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism. You also may not use your username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior, such as targeted harassment or expressing hate towards a person, group, or protected category.” One of the definitions for “Hateful Images” is “symbols historically associated with hate groups.”“Research has shown that some groups of people are disproportionately targeted with abuse online. Twitter responded to the allegations of censorship, appearing to suggest that it was a mistake. It never fails to astound just how low Twitter is prepared to go.“So often social media companies claim that they lack the resources to tackle hate on their platforms, but Twitter has put the lie to that claim by demonstrating that it does have the resources, but chooses to target the benign symbol of a victimized minority instead of the countless racists who use its platform with impunity.“Twitter must immediately restore these accounts, apologize to the owners, and pledge finally to take robust action against the antisemites whom it has enabled for so long.”The Campaign pointed out that just last week, Twitter refused to take action against the anti-Semitic hashtag, #JewishPrivilege, and earlier this year, Twitter was to apologize for permitting advertisements to be micro-targeted at neo-Nazis and other bigots.It is interesting to note that triple parentheses are an antisemitic symbol that has been used to highlight the names of individuals of Jewish background, or organizations thought to be owned by Jews. Illustrative: Star of David interweaved with barbed wire. Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. Founder & Chief Executive Officer Entrepreneur, best-selling author, and former Navy SEAL, David Silverman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CrossLead, Inc. CrossLead is a technology company whose product suite is being used by top leaders and companies around the globe. This includes; women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual individuals, marginalized and historically underrepresented communities.”It is interesting to note that Jews, the group that in every country around the world is most targeted by racism and hate crimes, is not listed as one of the groups targeted by online abuse.Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is deplorable enough that Twitter consistently fails to act against antisemitism on its platform, but now it is taking action against Jews for the simple crime of showing pride in their identity by displaying a Star of David. (Credit: Stokio/Shutterstock.com)In an ironic twist, Twitter’s battle against racism led them to block accounts incorporating the Jewish star. The newest target of censorship on Twitter seems to be the Star of David used by Jewish users, which is being denounced and banned as hateful imagery.The way Twitter has gone about enforcing this frankly warped belief means locking users out of their account if they are found to be using this symbol in their profile pictures.For once, Twitter, which is often purposefully super vague if not silent about why they ban or censor users and their content, has been telling users who decided to use a variation of the Star of David to represent their identity on the platform that this violates Twitter rules against posting “hateful imagery” either in the profile or the header picture.The message received by those whose accounts have been locked is that they must delete the portion of their profile that has been found to violate Twitter rules, and then verify their phone number.Double your web browsing speed with today's sponsor. David Silverman has been an atheist and secular activist for years, and he has recently become a vocal opponent of cancel culture. “Twitter must immediately restore these accounts, apologise to the owners, and pledge finally to take robust action against the antisemites whom it has enabled for so long,” Silverman said. So if this violates “hateful imagery” rules – whose sensitivities is Twitter exactly trying to protect here?Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Stephen Silverman is not convinced that Twitter doesn’t know any better, or that it’s true it’s not dealing with actual hateful content because of a lack of resources. (Roman Yanushevsky / Shutterstock)
In a statement, Twitter clarified that it does not consider the Star of David a hate symbol, but it has seen the yellow star and yellow badge used to target Jewish people.
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