Twitter triggers anger with its "inept response to anti-Semitism" after it has blocked Jewish users' accounts because Star David profile photos have been classified as "hateful pictures".
- Jewish Twitter users complained that their accounts, in which the Star of David was shown as a profile picture, were blocked due to "hateful pictures".
- The social media platform claims it has been working to rid the website of the "yellow star" that has been reported to be used to attack and attack Jews
- The anti-Semitism campaign told MailOnline in a statement that the platform's response was "incapable".
Twitter was accused of an "inept response to anti-Semitism" after blocking accounts of Jewish users whose profile picture was the Star of David.
Twitter blocked accounts displaying the Jewish Star of David and informed users that they had violated the rules for "hateful pictures" in their profile pictures.
Among the blocked accounts, one showed a row of yellow stars while others showed a Star of David next to the Batman character Harley Quinn and the star on a cream-colored graffiti-style background.
In a statement, Twitter said they did not consider the Star of David to be a hateful image and were trying to remove images of the "yellow star" that was allegedly used to target Jewish users.
The campaign against anti-Semitism, which received complaints from Twitter users after closing its profile, informed MailOnline in a statement that the platform's response to anti-Semitism was "inappropriate".
Pictured: The accounts blocked by Twitter. Among the blocked accounts, only one showed the "yellow star", while others showed a star of David next to the Batman character Harley Quinn or the star on a cream-colored graffiti-style background
Pictured: One of the accounts blocked by Twitter. The social media platform said they are working to stamp out the "yellow star" profiles that are said to have been used to fight Jews
Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigation and Enforcement at the Jewish Anti-Semitism Campaign Group, said: “Only one of the blocked accounts contained a yellow star, and this was clearly the case to recover the yellow stars used by the Nazis.
& # 39; This is exactly the kind of inappropriate response to anti-Semitism that we expected from Twitter that only tried to convince us last week that the viral anti-Semitic hashtag #JewishPrivilege was legitimate.
"We'd like to help Twitter, but they largely ignore us when we approach them. It seems that Twitter prefers to look for Jewish users who proudly show their identities, but not anti-Semitic users who fearlessly promote anti-Jewish vitriol. & # 39;
According to the Jerusalem Post, users received messages saying, "We have found that this account violates Twitter rules.
The Twitter statement says: “We want to clarify some questions about hateful pictures on Twitter. We categorically do not view the Star of David as a hateful symbol or image. & # 39;
& # 39; Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful pictures.
& # 39; You must not use hateful pictures or symbols in your profile picture or profile head.
"As a result, we suspended your account."
Just last week, Twitter was accused of not fighting anti-Semitism after the hashtag #JewishPrivilege set trends on its platform.
The hashtag has been used to promote anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, such as that Jews have control over the slave trade and rule the world order.
Jews on Twitter used the hashtag to detail the discrimination, need, and anti-Semitism that they and their families had encountered.
A Twitter statement on today's Star of David complaints states: “We want to clarify some questions about hateful pictures on Twitter. We categorically do not regard the Star of David as a hateful symbol or image. We have seen for some time that the "yellow star" or "yellow badge" symbol is used by those who want to target Jewish people. "
"This is a violation of Twitter rules, and our Hateful Conduct Policy prohibits the promotion of violence or threats or attacks against people based on categories such as religion, race, and ethnicity," the statement added.
& # 39; While most cases were handled correctly, some recently highlighted reports were errors and have now been restored.
"We are grateful to @antisemitism @ADL @CST_UK and others for bringing this to our attention and for working in partnership against anti-Semitism."