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Far-Right Actividt Banned From Twitter For Criticizing Ilhan Omar

Twitter replied: "You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people"

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The Twitter logo is shown at its corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California. VOA

Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.

Loomer was banned for violating the social media siite’s rules regarding “hateful conduct”, Mic.com reported on Thursday.

Omar is one of the first Muslim women to be elected to US Congress.

“Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate awomen, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” Loomer tweeted.

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Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota. VOA

The later part of her tweet where she termed Omar as “anti-Jewish” got her permanently banned from the micro-blogging platform.

“The reason I was suspended was simply for telling the truth, the truth about Ilhan Omar,” Loomer defended herself in a YouTube video.

“I’ve been silenced in America. I’ve been silenced as a journalist for reporting the truth. It’s egregious. And so what I need all of you to do is to subscribe to my website.”

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Twitter replied: “You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease”.

Loomer’s Twitter account had over 260,000 followers before the ban. (IANS)

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Group of US Lawmakers Ask Twitter to Ban Islamic Terror Groups

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period

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A group of US lawmakers on Tuesday called on Twitter to ban Islamic terror organizations on its platform.

In a press conference here, Democratic House Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Max Rose and Republicans Tom Reed and Brian Fitzpatrick asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to immediately ban foreign terror groups like Palestinian Sunni-Islamic militant organization Hamas and Lebanonese militant group Hezbollah.

“Rep. Gottheimer says they’re calling on Twitter to pull Hezbollah and Hamas accounts by November 1,” tweeted Alex Thomas.

Twitter is choosing “profits over patriotism,” said Rose.

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Twitter is a social media app that encourages short tweets and brief conversations. Pixabay

The US State Department classifies Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations, making it illegal for Americans to provide them with “material support or resources.”

“There is simply no reason why the terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah deserve access to Twitter’s user base and platform to promote themselves as they continue to sponsor violent, radical, hate-filled extremism,” www.nj.com reported Gottheimer and other representatives as saying.

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The micro-blogging platform in May said it suspended 166,513 accounts for promoting terrorism in the July-December 2018 period, adding that there’s a steady decrease in terrorist groups trying to use the platform owing to its “zero-tolerance policy enforcement”.

According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there was a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period. (IANS)