Twitter suspends Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s account; reinstates hours later

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Twitter reportedly suspended notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan’s account sometime Saturday morning but then reinstated it several hours later.

Speaking with the Washington Examiner, a Twitter representative confirmed that the initial suspension was an error triggered when “the account was caught by our spam filter in error.”

The nature of the error remains unknown. What is known is that Farrakhan hasn’t posted a tweet since July 9th of last year, which was the same day that Twitter unveiled a wide-reaching set of new rules pertaining to “hateful conduct.”

“Our primary focus is on addressing the risks of offline harm, and research shows that dehumanizing language increases that risk,” the social media giant announced that day.

“As a result, after months of conversations and feedback from the public, external experts and our own teams, we’re expanding our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.”

Following the announcement, Twitter reportedly tried to stick to its word by suspending Farrakhan’s account over an antisemitic tweet he’d posted in October of 2018 and that countless people had complained about.

“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” that tweet read.

Those who’d reported the tweet in 2018 were shocked to discover that Twitter was seemingly finally taking their complaints about hate and bigotry serious.

Look:

Except that Twitter wasn’t really …

“[A]fter only a few hours, Farrakhan’s account was restored with a minor adjustment,” The Federalist notes. “The notorious ‘termite’ post was no longer in his timeline.”

Here’s the catch: “[A]ll other tweets remained with no restriction. Years of anti-Semitic epithets and clips of preaching against Jewish people seemed to continue not to violate Twitter’s content rules.”

And those antisemitic tweets still remain active on the social media network.

Observe:

For some reason, Twitter has tolerated and continues to tolerate this “hateful conduct,”  all as it simultaneously suspends or permanently bans parody accounts, as well as anyone who mocks soy boys, shares biological facts or criticizes Democrats.

The Democrat Party has also continued to tolerate Farrakhan’s antisemitism.

Questioned last summer over the prospect of sitting face-to-face with the notorious hate monger, then-Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker replied by refusing to rule it out.

“As mayor I met with lots of folks talking to him. I have heard Minister Farrakhan’s speeches for a lot of my life, so I don’t feel like I need to do that, but I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say,” he said.

While he deserves praise for being open to hearing opposing viewpoints — which is something conservatives strongly back — there’s a certain hypocrisy to liberals being open to hobnobbing with antisemites but opposed to having civil conversations with Republicans.

Dovetailing back to Farrakhan, below is his latest tweet. Note the timestamp:

Even after Twitter restored his account in July, he never returned to tweeting, which suggests that his latest suspension was triggered by people reporting his past antisemitic tweets, some of which were outlined above. But given that these tweets still remain active, it’s clear Twitter is still interested in protecting his “hateful conduct.”

In contrast, Twitter has no interest in protecting the “hateful conduct” of Daniella Stella, a Republican congressional candidate running against antisemitic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Stella was permanently suspended/banned from the social media platform last November after she tweeted that IF allegations that Omar “passed sensitive info to Iran” prove to be true, the congresswoman should be “tried for #treason and hanged.”

My suspension for advocating for the enforcement of federal code proves Twitter will always side with and fight to protect terrorists, traitors, pedophiles and rapists,” Stella said in a statement to The Washington Times following her suspension.

The fact that the country’s most notorious antisemite still remains free to spew his noxious bile on Twitter suggests she was correct.

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Vivek Saxena

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