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Jewish Groups Condemn Twitter for Allowing #HitlerWasRight

The Simon Weisenthal Center demands that Twitter do more to stop anti-Semitism after the hashtag proved popular among users

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 14th, 2014 in Business » World

Jewish Groups Condemn Twitter for Allowing #HitlerWasRight

On Sunday, Buzzfeed pegged an article titled “Palestinian Activists Are Using The Hashtag #HitlerWasRight,” commenting on how the hashtag has gained momentum on the popular social media platform, Twitter.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time such rhetoric was allowed to be displayed on the site. In fact, a recent study found that it allowed for more hate-filled and anti-Semitic speech than any other platform online.

Buzzfeed’s article points to the fact that Palestinian supporters were tweeting messages like this:

And this:

Which only seems to affirm what many already argue, that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are no different.

Jewish human rights group Simon Weistenthal Center has since demanded that Twitter do more to prohibit the usage of such hashtags. Currently, as you can tell, it doesn’t seem like they do anything at all.

“Twitter needs to articulate a coherent policy in dealing with hate and terrorism and live up to those standards,” Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Center said in an interview with the Algemeiner. “The freedom of speech fig leaf doesn’t cover such hatred in the private domain.”

Since it became popular on Buzzfeed, most have since used the hashtag to condemn its usage, including CNN representative Jake Tapper, who, in an interview last week, slammed a Palestinian spokesperson for lying about Hamas’ agenda.

Valid point.

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