Twitter Refuses To Follow Facebook’s Lead In Banning Louis Farrakhan

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Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, sits prior to press conference in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Farrakhan warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle East, at the insistence of Israel.” The 85-year-old Farrakhan, long known for provocative comments widely considered anti-Semitic, criticized the economic sanctions leveled by Trump against Iran after his pullout from the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Facebook and Instagram barred Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan from their platforms. But so far Twitter has said it has no plans to do the same, even though there have been complaints about anti-Semitic statements made by Farrakhan.

Last June, Farrakhan tweeted about “satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan.” But a Twitter spokesperson told the Daily Caller, Farrakhan’s behavior was actually not in violation of any rules that would constitute that his being banned.

Farrakhan was banned from Facebook and Instagram as were Alex Jones and his Infowars outlet; Milo Yiannopoulos; Paul Joseph Watson; Laura Loomer; and Paul Nehlen. Facebook and Instagram said these individuals were “dangerous.”

The nation of Islam leader posted a clip to Twitter of a speech he gave captioned, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”

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“Twitter has penalized Farrakhan over his remarks in the past. Earlier this year, he lost his verified status for tweeting about ‘the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan,’” The Hill reported. But time around Twitter said no action was needed, leaving some confused as to the social media giant’s content policies.

“Twitter’s standards are an utterly inconsistent joke,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted.

Farrakhan does have his supporters in his social media battle.    

“Snoop Dogg told his 31 million followers to post and share videos of Farrakhan, and dared Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram to ban him,” Deadline reported.