Critics: Twitter Needs to Police Hate Speech

John Aidan Byrne, New York Post, October 26, 2013

It’s a holy war for Twitter as the company begins lining up institutional investors for its lucrative initial public offering, slated for as early as Nov. 7.

Anti-Semites, racists and terrorist groups are loose on the blogging website, flooding Twitter with shocking, hate-spewing hashtags and handles that watchdogs want stopped.

The hugely popular social medium, credited with helping to topple dictators abroad, is now in the cross hairs of critics at home.

Twitter plans a global expansion after its $1.6 billion Goldman Sachs-led IPO, the most hyped since Facebook in 2012. Twitter’s IPO could give the firm an $11 billion market cap.

Twitter’s digital hate has grown at alarming speed. That’s while other social media such as Facebook and YouTube have cracked down on such abuses, according to a report by a leading international Jewish human-rights organization.

Twitter has seen an incredible 30 percent surge in this kind of traffic. It passed along about 20,000 hate-filled hashtags and handles in 2012, up from 15,000 the year before, says the report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, based in Los Angeles.

The tweets exposed by the Center include swastikas and rants that insult the Jewish community.

While the Wiesenthal Center report highlighted anti-Semitic digital hate, the organization notes that many groups are discriminated against.

“We do not focus exclusively on the targeting of Jews,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the organization’s associate dean. “It’s homophobia, Islamphobia, attacks on Christian minorities—there’s a whole list.


Twitter’s response?

“As a policy, we do not mediate content or intervene in disputes between users,” it notes.

Twitter advises users who believe they’re in physical danger as a result of offensive content to contact local law enforcement.

Cooper is not impressed. “It is by far the weakest of any proprietary system that we deal with,” he said.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) said Twitter has an obligation to help stanch the spread of venomous speech.

“I believe Twitter needs to balance the needs of a free and open Internet with the obligations of a soon-to-be publicly traded company to responsibly curb the spread of hate online,” he said.

The Wiesenthal Center says Twitter has so far failed to seriously address the controversy and dragged its heels in responding to Cooper.

That was until The Post called on this story last week. Now Cooper will meet with Twitter next week.


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  • Alexandra1973

    And what gets classified as “venomous speech,” pray tell?

    • Anything the Weisenthal Center decides makes them uncomfortable. Last I checked, the US First Amendment does not prohibit speech that make Jews, Sodomites and Marxists “uncomfortable”.

      If their feelings are getting “hurt”, I recommend they search their local Yellow Pages for a good psychiatrist, as their “feelings” place no behavioral burden whatsoever on me.

      • They would “hate” my list of bookmarks.

        • blight14

          Ha, mine too!

          • itdoesnotmatter

            And mine! All White and proud of it.

      • blight14

        Sadly, correct.

    • blight14

      Anything the 2% says is ‘venomous speech’…….

      • Pro_Whitey

        Amen! I guess they want themselves banned from Twitter. I take from the article that Twitter is being used here for the same purposes as in other countries, for which it is being lauded.

  • Puggg

    I’m relatively new to our way of thinking, and to this movement.

    Isn’t the Simon Weaselclaw Center the group that goes around and hunts for German men in their 80s that were janitors in German government buildings during the war and claim that that made them responsible for the Holocaust?

    • David Ashton

      Google: Guy Walters, “Simon Wiesenthal Trail of Lies”.

    • blight14

      No offense but you forgot the trademark symbol…..H’caust™.

    • Jackryanvb

      Yes, u R correct.

  • dd121

    “Hate” of course being anything the lefties don’t agree with.

    • If I say the Palestinians are suffering, I’m a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

      I don’t really care about Palestinians, but since I have White privilege, I’m still a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

      • blight14

        The Palestinians ARE suffering…………

  • Anti hate means forced love.

    Blacks aren’t told they can’t hate Whites, but you are required to love blacks because you are the “dominant culture” that has “for too long gotten away with racist White privilege.”

    Sensitivity and Cultural Awareness Training ™ in Heaven forces Angels to embrace Devils.

    Even God doesn’t seem able to stop the voodoo train.

  • JohnEngelman

    Antisemetic arguments are easy to refute. I would rather they not be suppressed.

    I also want people to be able to publicize information about black crime, illegitimacy, and low intelligence.

    • David Ashton

      Why not tell the Wiesenthal Center what you want, then? And get back to us with their reply.

    • blight14

      Oh, they’re ‘easy to refute’….gotcha!

  • sbuffalonative

    Some people hate free speech.

    • JohnEngelman

      Liberals claim to be in favor of free expression. However, they are only protective toward obscenity, blasphemy, and burning the American flag. They try to suppress the expression of scientific facts about innate individual and racial differences.

  • Eep

    Ironically the Wiesenthall Center is a hotbed of hatred towards actual Semitic peoples, among others.

    If stopping “hate speech” was the goal, then hate organizations like WC would be first on the chopping block.

    • Defoe

      Second would be the $PLC.

      Hate speech will never be “stopped” since it does not exist. What is “hate speech” today may be a good political stump speech tomorrow. After all, ‘hate”is an emotion.

  • joesolargenius

    Americans are angry and they need a place to vent, it’s much more preferable that they do it on line then in the street!

  • RHG

    Don’t twitter and dropped the Facebook account after Zuckerberg started to openly advocate for amnesty.

  • My take on groups like the Weisenthal Center is that they would like to pretend that the Holocaust happened recently in the United States, hence their strident demands for censorship here. Anyone who doesn’t like the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is free to leave; they have over 200 other nations from which to choose.

    • dd121

      I think that by perpetuating the holocaust mythology that they are trying to make any criticism of them and other minorities out-of-bounds. That’s a kind of censorship. Personally, I don’t have anything against Jews but I find their whining about all their supposed suffering, tedious.

    • blight14

      Its their cash cow on steroids…..they guard the *&^% bs with everything they can think of-and then some!

    • Jackryanvb


      How many Jews died in concentration camps in Iowa or even pre 1965 racist Alabama?

      The US government did put ethnic Japanese and some ethnic Germans and Italians in concentration camps in World War II , but not any Jews.

      Not that this gives us a lot of good will from the Tribe.

      • Internment of citizens of enemy countries is normal during wartime. Sometimes exchanges of internees can be arranged through the Red Cross, sometimes not. My understanding is that there was a partial exchange of Japanese and US nationals at the war’s outbreak using ships routed via the (neutral) Soviet port of Vladivostok.

        Ethnic Japanese whether US citizens or not were prohibited from an exclusion zone consisting of the West coast states and western Arizona, but did not have to go to an internment camp if they could make arrangements to move to another part of the United States. Hawaii was not included in the exclusion zone for the simple reason that since the islands were a territory (statehood did not come until 1959), the area was immediately placed under martial law after the Pearl Harbor attack.

        US citizen members of the German-American Bund were watched, but generally only forced to hand over things like guns, cameras and shortwave radios to the FBI for the duration of the war.

      • PesachPatriot

        You guys have a lot of goodwill from me…its why I post here…the US jewish population is something like 5 million and at least 1 to 1.5 million of them are between the ages of 70-90, not exactly the net using age group….my kid won’t be able to vote for another 16 years and there are probably something like another million or so in the under 18 age group…so that leaves about 4 million who can vote or be politically active…I’m also pretty sure it was the brits who invented the concept of the “concentration camp” during the Anglo-Boer conflict of 1899-1902 in South Africa…

        • Guys like you and my old gun show partner are why I don’t hate Jews. Americans did terrible things to plains Indians, but usually to make them stop fighting. I would never have hurt anyone, especially not with a scoped G-43 rifle: No Sir.

          The camps in South Africa were not deliberately extermination camps – “Vernichtungslager”, but the Boer women and almost all of their children died in droves. If I was fighting against a government and I even thought they were doing that to my family, I would never accept any prisoners.

  • bigone4u

    One man’s”hate speech” is another man’s truth. Who appointed the Weisenthal Center the arbiter of truth? Three cheers for Twitter for resisting censorship.

    • Sick of it

      They were recently in the news for helping the EU crackdown on thought criminals.

      www (DOT) foxnews (DOT) com/world/2013/07/13/twitter-gives-french-authorities-information-over-racist-tweet-authors/

      • bigone4u

        Good info. Let’s cut back to a single cheer then.

    • “Who appointed the Weisenthal Center the arbiter of truth?”

      They did. Next question?

      • Pelagian

        Something tells me you are not a Medieval scholar. In the Spirit of Twitter: #facile #comparisons #irrelevantanyway

    • blight14

      Perhaps they’re ‘self-chosen’ to guard the internet……?

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Is there an organized campaign online to block this censorship of Twitter? If so, I would gladly tweet about it a few times.

  • Sick of it

    Just like Facebook, Twitter won’t crack down on anti-white hate speech. That’s the only kind allowed. I’m guessing they won’t interfere with flash mob tweets either.

  • tickyul

    People TRUTHFULLY speak their minds on the internet………..and this burns the britches of all liberals if it is the “wrong” free speech.
    That is why site after site shuts-down their comments section after yet-another breakout of Urban American savagery…….people express how they REALLY feel about Urban Americans.

  • Spartacus

    The truth of the matter is that, if all those things really were wrong, there would be no need to ban them in the first place .

  • Jefferson

    I am against limiting free speech. I think everybody should have the right to free speech, even my enemies.

    I want to know what my enemies are saying and plotting against me so that I come properly prepared to a race war if one ever breaks out.

  • DaveMed

    Who on earth pays attention to twitter anyway? Besides 15-year-olds, I mean.

  • IKantunderstand

    Come on, we either have the right to free speech, or we don’t. It is literally yes or no. No one has the right to squash free speech. Not in this country. Not yet. Free speech is NOT some group whatever it may be, deciding that was was said or posted online should be suppressed. NO private company, no ANYTHING should be allowed to suppress free speech. Free speech is no longer free. If you espouse ideas opposed to the current regime, you pay a heavy price. You could lose your career. No, not could, you will. Our Founding Fathers never foresaw what is happening today. No, because they had what has turned out to be too much faith in the White people who sacrificed their blood, their fortunes, their lives. Now, I ask you, how many people who now currently reside in the United Staes (for now) are willing to die for this country? No, really. Are all the illegal Mexicans willing to die for this country? Are the Muslims from God knows wherever, willing to die for this country? Hint: They send money “home”. These people do not identify with being American. Only the Regressives consider them “American”. We need a new definition of what is an American. Actually, what we need to do, is reinforce the concept of what was an American, before all this multicult took over.

  • willbest

    Hm… if only there were a way to block or ignore people… oh wait there is. This is beyond stupid. Half of tumblr is porn and Yahoo didn’t blink about paying $1 billion for it.

  • Elena Andbasket

    Perhaps we could start by shutting up those inhuman arrogant ethno-religious cultists who believe they are God’s chosen people, and that the rest of humanity are sub-human cattle only put here to do their bidding? I can’t remember the name of the cult, but they’re very well funded.

    • Pelagian

      Well yeah, if there was a *new* cult that started up with that philosophy, people would be quite alarmed. But the “old” cult gets a pass, for some reason.

      Hey, Jesus, made a pass-through of trying to make the cult less-exclusionary … he tried.

  • blight14

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”


  • Jackryanvb

    Well said. But the reality is the very wealthy, connected American Jewish community is committed to Lib-Min-Leftism, open borders immigration to the USA, not of course to Israel.

    If some American City with large Jewish population collapses in to Black criminal anarchy, or Islamic immigrant terrorism (Happened in New York City early 1990s), then local Jewish voters will temporarily vote/work for sane White candidate, White civilization.

    But, that’s about the best we can hope for.

    Jewish Hollywood, Jewish $billionaires like Soros, Sheldon Adelson or even Bloomberg ain’t going to be backing our side anytime soon.


  • Pelagian

    “$1.6 billion Goldman Sachs-led IPO” … why do I think that the Center will win the battle to censor anti-semitic speech on Twitter?

  • Pelagian

    I’d like some of the Sharia laws on usury/finance better than the laws we have now.

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