Friday, July 31, 2020

Iran's tyranny will never be defeated this way

The Times of Israel reports that Twitter, already one of the most notorious social networks on the web, defended its refusal to penalize Iran's overlord for posting antisemitic messages calling for Israel's destruction on their platforms:
A Twitter official on Wednesday said that the tweets in which Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei calls for Israel’s destruction do not violate the company’s rules against hate speech, and indicated that they are considered mere “foreign policy saber-rattling.”

“We have an approach toward leaders that says that direct interactions with fellow public figures, comments on political issues of the day, or foreign policy saber-rattling on military-economic issues are generally not in violation of our rules,” Ylwa Pettersson, Twitter’s head policy for the Nordic countries and Israel, told the Knesset’s Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs, via video-conference.

She was responding to a question by pro-Israel activist Arsen Ostrovsky, who had asked why Twitter attached a special label to a recent tweet by US President Donald Trump noting that it violated the company’s rules, while the Iranian leaders’ many tweets about his wish for Israel to be destroyed are left untouched.
Her defense is incomprehensible, and obviously intended to dodge the more serious issues, along with the pure hypocrisy of declaring Trump a problem, but not Iran's autocrats. I just can't understand what's so great about Twitter for anybody when this kind of political correctness reigns supreme there. Above all, Iran's tyranny will not be stopped if this continues as it is.

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