Opinion: Facebook and Twitter have to not be complicit to growing anti-Semitism
Controversial Jewish conservative activist Laura Loomer was recently permanently banned from Twitter and suspended from Facebook after she posted a factual tweet about Sharia law and called Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar “anti-Jewish.”
Omar is a clear representative of anti-Semitism in our country. She has said in tweet that “Israel has hypnotized the world,” and asked that Allah “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” To suggest that Jews are evil and have somehow hypnotized the world is quintessential, hateful, anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Loomer has been banned, but as of right now there is still a tweet up from famed anti-Semite and nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, calling himself “anti-Termite,” in reference to exterminating the Jewish people.
So, in the eyes of twitter, being anti-Semitic is somehow ok but criticizing this hateful ideology is not?
As social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook become more ingrained in our society—as our children pick up these sites as resources to learn and engage with the world—what kind of message are we sending to them? That as a conservative, you cannot be an outspoken critic of hate in our country without fear of being banned?
Here’s the bottom line: There seems to be an offensive double standard at play that silences the critics of anti-Semitism while implicitly condoning hateful rhetoric against Jews and others.
Outlets such as Facebook and Twitter need to act swiftly to fix this, otherwise they are directly complicit in the growing and troubling acceptance of anti-Semitism throughout the world.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.