Did Twitter Ban And Lock Users Accounts From And For Displaying The Star Of David?
In July 2020, the Campaign Against Antisemitism group shared the link of an article claiming that Twitter blocked proud Jews who used the star of David symbol on their Twitter pages. This article was born out of a misunderstanding.
According to the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Twitter accounts of many Jews who posted the symbol of the Jewish pride, the Star of David, on their accounts were blocked by Twitter. The reason for this according to Twitter was because the symbols violated its rule against posting hateful pictures.
The Campaign Against Antisemitism also went ahead to state that; "Twitter must immediately restore these accounts, apologise to the owners, and pledge finally to take robust action against the antisemites whom it has enabled for so long.”
Other Twitter users also used the platform to express their displeasure with the situation and what they thought was Twitter banning a cultural symbol.
However, on July 22, 2020, Twitter via it's Public Policy account explained that they 'categorically do not consider the Star of David as a hateful symbol or hateful image'. Rather, what they wanted to target was the yellow badge or star symbol used by people who dislike the Jewish people.
Additionally, Twitter assured the Jewish community as well as the Campaign Against Antisemitism that some of the accounts they disabled were by mistake and that they have been correctly reversed since then.
On July 23, the Campaign Against Antisemitism also posted on their page that Twitter has reversed their action on the accounts.
Hence, news that Twitter was banning accounts with the Star of David on its profile is an unfounded one which was derived from a mistake by the social media in a bid to curb hateful posts which are likely to incite violence against a group of people.
- Campaign Against Antisemitism's claim about Twitter banning the Star of David
- CAA: "CAA Reveals That Twitter Deems Jewish Star of David to Be “Hateful Imagery” and Is Locking Accounts of Proud Jews Who Display It"
- Twitter Explanation via it's Public Policy account
- CAA: "Success for CAA as Twitter Reverses Locks on Accounts with Stars of David, But Questions Remain as to Why This Policy Was in Place at All"