Twitter accused of anti-Semitism for locking accounts displaying religious symbols

Twitter has been accused by Parler of locking the accounts of Jewish users that show the Star of David in their profile picture or header.
Sam Edwards High Level, Alberta

Twitter has been accused by Parler—a social media platform branded as an alternative to Twitter—of locking the accounts of Jewish users that show the Star of David in their profile picture or header. The platform, however, did not directly accuse Twitter of anti-Semitism, reports Forbes.

Parler noted that Twitter considers accounts that display the Star of David to be using "hateful imagery" that violates its Terms of Service.

The social media platform cited reports from Jerusalem Post stating that Twitter locked the accounts and sent a message that reads: "We have determined that this account violated the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery. You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header. As a result, we have locked your account."

Parler added that it will never follow in the footsteps of Twitter and will "voice its support for users displaying the Star of David, as well as other religious symbols, as symbols of love."

Jeffrey Wernick, the strategic investor for Parler believes that Twitter's actions are a form of anti-Semitism.

"For me as a Jew, it symbolizes my love for Judaism, which does not conflict in any way with my love for my nation and my love for humanity," Wernick noted. "To designate it, if the allegations are true, as a hateful image, is not only an act of hate but also likely libelous and slanderous. The desire to remove a symbol of my Jewish identity as 'hateful imagery' is, to me, no different from the desire to remove me as hateful just because I am Jewish."

User’s accounts are able to be unlocked if they remove the images from their profile. Some examples of the images include a graffiti style Star of David and versions of the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in World War II.

Though accounts are allegedly being locked for their display of certain "hateful imagery," hashtags such as #killalljews are still able to be searched on Twitter.

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