Twitter has relented over the use of an image of a Holocaust-era yellow star by an online antisemitism watchdog after an intervention by the Community Security Trust (CST).
Yesterday the @GnasherJew account, which exposes antisemitism in the Labour Party, tweeted a screenshot of a message from Twitter announcing that it had blocked the account. It would be unlocked, it said, once the offending image was removed.
The social media platform said the photo of the yellow star with “Jude” – the German word for Jew – inscribed on it was in breach of its rules concerning hateful imagery.
The decision outraged some social media users, who pointed out that Twitter had targeted a website that aims to combat antisemitism while not acting against genuinely antisemitic content.
Today the CST tweeted that it had been in contact with Twitter’s policy team, which has now given assurances that the @GnasherJew account will be able to once again use the image.
CST has been in contact with Twitter’s policy team @TwitterSafety after @GnasherJew avatar was removed for including an image of the star worn by Jews in Nazi Germany. They have assured us that @GnasherJew will be able to use the star and the account has been unlocked— CST (@CST_UK) February 27, 2018
A spokesman for the @GnasherJew account said it was thankful for the CST’s intervention, but reiterated its point that antisemitic messages by other users continue to go unpunished.
It said: “The fact remains that Twitter took down our account, Jews fighting antisemitism, without warning, holding us to ransom, to delete our Star of David. Then if you look at our TL (timeline) there is a man tweeting revolting antisemitism and they do nothing about them.”
@GnasherJew said it would reinstate the Star of David image later today.
Update: the @GnasherJew account was once again suspended on Tuesday, but has been reinstated again.