by Giulio Meotti
The account of the Golden Dawn party in Greece and of the German neo-Nazi group Better Hanover, to mention only some profiles that Twitter has banned for violating the rules against hate speech, antisemitism and racism. Or the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, forced to cancel a tweet in which he compared the Jews to “termites”.But when the Supreme guide of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, compares Israeli Jews to “cancer”, Twitter glosses over it.
Khamenei published a poster that evokes the “final solution”. We see Jerusalem conquered by terrorists. There are no more Jews and the poster is dominated by the inscription: “Palestine will be free. Final solution”.
Requests were immediately made to ban Khamenei’s Twitter account. Requests that, as we know, were ignored. Khamenei has just “clarified” on Twitter that the expression “final solution” (coined by the Nazis in Wannsee) does not refer to the Jews, but “only” to Israel. And he concluded his new tweet with the textual words: “Eliminating Israel & it will happen”. And Iran, to ensure that “it will happen.” finances anti-Israeli terrorist groups with billions of dollars.
With a letter to the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, the new Israeli minister for Strategic affairs Orit Farkash-Hacohen asked for the “immediate suspension” of Khamenei’s account “for his constant publication of anti-Semitic and genocidal posts”. A year ago, a tweet from the Iranian leader raised doubts about Twitter’s terms of service. Khamenei had already tweeted: “Israel is a cancerous malignant tumor in the region of western Asia that must be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen”.
Twitter rules dictate: “You cannot make specific threats of violence or desire serious physical harm, death or illness to an individual or group of people.” Yet, when Khamenei’s tweets are reported to the social direction, the answer is almost always the same: “There has been no violation of Twitter’s rules against abusive behavior”.
Twitter has just intervened to flag a tweet by Donald Trump against the vote by mail. At the bottom of the US president’s tweet, the social network called it “unsubstantiated”.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, adding, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts”. “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence,” read a gray box that then hided Trump’s tweet from public view unless a user clicks to see it.
Nothing like this has ever appeared on Khamenei’s tweets to signal his invocation for the destruction of the state of six million Israeli Jews.
We are in full algorithmic paradox.
The paradox is that the Global Times, a sort of British Pravda of the Chinese Communist Party, spreads anti-American propaganda on Twitter, which is banned in China, on how American soldiers brought Covid-19 to Wuhan last fall. Twitter, meanwhile, overshadowed the popular Zero Hedge website for publishing an article linking a Chinese scientist to the epidemic.
No less paradoxical than the announcement that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has decided against the use in the country of any Israeli product, including hardware or software. Maybe Jack Dorsey could help them: no Twitter to those who use it to invoke a new “final solution of the Jewish problem”. Otherwise, you are just a liberal hypocrite.