5 Jan, 2020
Twitter’s dubious enforcement of its own rules is back in the spotlight after Trump threatened to strike Iran and destroy Iranian cultural treasures. Trump’s tweet remains, but many wonder whether it’s prohibited speech.
Users are supposedly not allowed to threaten violence or glorify acts of violence on Twitter. And many people believe US President Donald Trump did just that when he threatened to attack 52 Iranian sites, including some of cultural significance, on his Twitter account. They are calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to suspend the man in the White House for breaking the rules.
Dear Twitter, does threatening a war crime violate the site's ToS? Asking for the whole world.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 4, 2020
2019: Hey @jack can you ban Trump from Twitter because he’s being super shitty and bullying people
— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) January 4, 2020
Trump’s threat follows a warning of retaliation from Iran for the targeted assassination of one of its most prominent generals, which was carried out on Friday on the US president’s orders. The move marks a rapid escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.
The news of the death of Qassem Soleimani was met with much anxiety online, with hashtags related to a possible World War 3 trending globally on Twitter throughout Friday. The website of the US Selective Service System even reported service problems amid rumors of an imminent draft.
While it’s highly unlikely that Twitter will make the dreams of Trump critics come true and cut off the president, it seems to have done some work on managing the public debate over how to proceed. Journalist and author Yasha Levine reported that Twitter algorithms forced him to remove an image saying “No war on Iran” in block capitals, and several other users said it happened to them too.
Opposing war is the new extremism https://t.co/MmuQjIelEk
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) January 5, 2020
Levine somewhat proudly called himself a repeat offender. A vocal critic of Silicon Valley and its cooperation with the US intelligence community, he was temporarily suspended by Twitter last month for a sarcastic take on Washington’s Ukraine policy.
Anti-war sentiment raged not only on Twitter but also on the streets, as thousands of US citizens staged protests against the escalation of violence in several large cities on Saturday.
From today's antiwar protest in Los Angeles, a reminder that Trump should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) January 5, 2020
New York City is in the streets.
Rallying outside Chuck Schumer’s apartment.
Making it very clear to Congress that we completely and totally oppose war with Iran.#NoWarWithIran
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) January 4, 2020
Published at https://www.rt.com/usa/477509-twitter-ban-iran-war/