Silicon Valley Censorship Police Call On Farrakhan Again, Twitter Freezes Account

Kevin Mwanza
Written by Kevin Mwanza
Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, arrives to his press conference in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 8, 2018. Farrakhan warned President Donald Trump not to pull “the trigger of war in the Middle East, at the insistence of Israel.” Farrakhan criticized economic sanctions leveled by Trump against Iran after his pullout from the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

That freeze was definitely coming. Twitter finally bowed to pressure to put Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s account on ice over content he posted in 2018 that many people interpreted as anti-Semitic.

In May, social sites Facebook and Instagram barred Farrakhan from their platforms, saying his account violated their policies against dangerous individuals and organizations. Twitter did not follow suit and said it did not plan to bar him even though there had been complaints about his anti-Semitic statements.

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In June 2018, Farrakhan tweeted about “satanic Jews” and the “synagogue of Satan”. In October, many people interpreted a tweet by Farrakhan as comparing Jews to insects. The tweet that was later hidden by Twitter.

Twitter took aim at the Islamic leader with new rules against “dehumanizing” language, which it announced on July 9 shortly before it took action on Farrakhan’s account.

“We create our rules to keep people safe on Twitter, and they continuously evolve to reflect the realities of the world we operate within,” Twitter said in the statement.

Farrakhan not appealing the Twitter freeze

Farrakhan’s spokeswoman told New York Daily News that although he had an option to appeal the decision, they had not considered such a move at the time of speaking.

At the 2018 Nation of Islam annual Saviour’s Day event, he railed against Jews for being “the mother and father of apartheid,” said that “the Jews have control over those agencies of government,” and that Jews have chemically induced homosexuality in Black men through marijuana, The Atlantic reported.