Today in “making up the rules as we go along,” Twitter is forcing known anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to delete an anti-Semitic Tweet, but will let him keep his account.
Farrakhan posted a Tweet in 2018 comparing Jews to “termites,” which did not earn him a ban from the social media giant. In November, Laura Loomer criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for being “anti-Jewish,” which earned her a ban under the pretext of non-existent “Islamophobia.” Needless to say, right-wingers on Twitter have long been wondering about the obvious double standard.
Tuesday, Twitter implements new rules against “language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.” The rule is applied retroactively so that those who have broken it in the past must delete such Tweets, but get to keep their accounts.
“If reported, Tweets that break this rule sent before today will need to be deleted, but will not directly result in any account suspensions because they were Tweeted before the rule was set,” Twitter said of the new rules.
However, it’s still a bogus remedy that favors unbanned leftists over already-banned conservatives.
Twitter was arbitrarily banning people like Loomer for perceived “Islamophobia” before the new rules went into effect. If the same rules had applied in November when Loomer was banned, it appears that she would have been forced to delete the perceived “Islamophobic” Tweet, but would have gotten to keep her account. That point is moot, of course, because her account is gone forever.
Once again, it appears that conservatives get the short end of the stick when it comes to Big Tech’s rules. Farrakhan, a leftist, gets to remain on social media. Loomer, a conservative, does not.
Loomer protested this double standard outside Twitter’s New York City Headquarters, handcuffing herself to the building.
“In protest of being permanently banned by Twitter, Conservative investigative journalist Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to the Twitter HQ in New York City on November 29, 2018,” she reported. “While handcuffed to the door, Loomer wore a sweater with a Juden star, representative of the star the nazis made Jews wear during the Holocaust. On the back of her sweater, she spored the hashtag #StopTheBias, which is the hashtag used to protest the censorship of Conservatives worldwide by social media companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Google”
She hun a poster of Farrakhan’s anti-Jewish Tweet in comparison to the mild one that got her banned.
One America News’ Jack Posobiec posted a photo of the event on Twitter:
But there is still hope.
Loomer is suing Twitter along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) over her ban.
This site reported:
Investigative Journalist and Activist Laura Loomer filed suit today in a Florida court for harm caused by her November 2018 ban from the social media platform Twitter.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Loomer’s ban came at the instigation of CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and was carried out shortly after CAIR’s meeting with Twitter executives.
Loomer has been a frequent critic of CAIR and its CAIR Florida affiliate, as well as their “favorite daughters”, Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
The Twitter ban of Loomer came after the activist called Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish”, a fact that has since been established and recognized by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and many other prominent political leaders.
On a related note, Loomer announced today that she will be filing a $3 billion lawsuit against Facebook for punitive damages stemming from her early May ban from that site, and its subsidiary Instagram.
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