Yesterday, after America’s biggest tech giant bosses were grilled by a US senate committee, a tweet was posted by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
In it, he asked: ‘Why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust?’
Under normal circumstances, one of the world’s most powerful leaders directly questioning the very existence of a Nazi-orchestrated genocide of over six million Jews during WWII is the kind of hideously inflammatory statement that a major American newspaper like the New York Post would have wanted to report on and respond to.
Not least because New York is home to 1.1 million Jews, the largest Jewish community anywhere in the world outside of Israel.
But the Post couldn’t respond.
Not on the same platform, anyway.
Because Twitter has disgracefully locked out the Post‘s account for two weeks after it reported allegations of financial impropriety surrounding Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter based on the contents of his laptop.
So, Khamenei was able to spew his vile Holocaust-denying filth to his 836,000 followers without any fear of factual rebuttal by a newspaper representing many of the people who would find his comments most offensive.
Just as he was able to tweet on previous occasions that Israel’s a ‘cancerous growth’ which must be ‘uprooted and destroyed’, and this direct threat: ‘We will support and assist any nation or any group anywhere who opposes and fights the Zionist regime, and we do not hesitate to say this.’
Why has Twitter allowed him to do all this without any form of censorship?
The company’s boss Jack Dorsey told senators yesterday: ‘We did not find those to violate our terms of service because we considered them ‘saber rattling,’ which is part of the speech of world leaders in concert with other countries.’
However, the same ‘saber rattling’ rule doesn’t apply to US President Donald Trump, whose tweets are now regularly suppressed by Twitter with fact-check and violence labels.
‘Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm,’ explained Dorsey.
Dorsey further argued that tweets are only flagged if they contain ‘misinformation’ or ‘misleading’ information regarding three different categories: ‘manipulated media; public health, specifically COVID; and civic integrity, election interference and voter suppression.’
How then does he defend not flagging up Khameini’s Holocaust-denying lies?
It’s hard to imagine a worse example of ‘misinformation’ than that.
Just as it’s hard to imagine a worse example of suppressing free speech than the fact Twitter still hasn’t unblocked the New York Post’s account, so the paper can’t respond to the Iranian leader’s wicked lies on behalf of its many Jewish readers, on the same platform.
What makes the blocking all the more ridiculous is that Twitter’s now changed its rules that they originally said necessitated the blocking.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Piers Morgan