It is clear that the hypocritical censorship of Twitter Trump – and not of Iranian Iatollah Ali Khamenei – is about the upcoming November presidential election, said Deputy Foreign Minister Ellie Cohanim on Friday.
In an interview with Fox and Friends, Cohanim explained that she was born in Iran and that her family had to flee the country during the 1979 Islamic Revolution and growing anti-Semitism.
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“I can tell you that I personally understand the threat … that Ayatollah Khamenei poses to the Jewish people and to the world,”; she said.
Cohanim, the deputy special envoy for anti-Semitism, said the social media giant was subject to a double standard, while continuing to provide a platform for a “despot” who demanded genocide and censorship of Trump instead.
“The hypocrisy is so strong that it is clear to me, Pete, that there is only one thing and one thing, and these are the elections that will take place on November 3 in the United States,” she told host “Friends” Pete Hegseth.
On Wednesday, Twitter defended its decision to label President Trump’s tweet about violent demonstrations, but not Iran’s calls for violence against Israel, signaling to the Israeli lawmaker that the Israeli lawmaker falls under the protection of “commentary on today’s political issues.”
“So the call for genocide is okay, but not commenting on politics?” Knesset member Michal Cotler-Wunsh asked Twitter Ylwa Pettersson.
Pettersson responded by suggesting that Trump risks provoking violence, which is an obvious reference to his post about the ongoing unrest around the death of George Floyd. She added that Twitter did not completely remove the post because it wanted to ensure that “citizens can see what their political figures are commenting on and hold them accountable for what they say online.”
“I think what comes up again and again through various examples is actually a sense of dual standards, and I would like to call on Twitter and other online platforms to ensure … that there is no double standard in the application,” Cotler replied. -Wunsh,
In a statement to Fox News, a Twitter spokesman reiterated Pettersson’s claims.
“Direct interactions with other public officials, comments on current political issues or foreign policy scrambling … generally do not violate Twitter’s rules,” they wrote on Thursday. “However, if a tweet from a world leader violates Twitter’s policies, but there is a clear value in the public’s interest in keeping Tweet on the service, we may place it as a warning that provides a context for the violation …”
“Pete, you know, let me tell you something. “There have never been any consequences for Khamenei’s hatred and vitriol, which are on Twitter everywhere,” Cohanim responded. “His vitriol dates back to 2014, when he set out a nine-step plan to eliminate Israel.
“What was Donald Trump trying to do?” She asked. “He tried to communicate with the Americans about advances in medical care with COVID. He tried to talk to the Americans about maintaining our safety and security. And for that he is censored.”
Cohanim noted that she came to America as a legal immigrant for “freedom” and “liberty.”
“These social media companies are saying that they are following our very thoughtful process. They are like thought police. They are trying to restrict our freedom, “she said.
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“They are trying to limit our ability to be free Americans. And what President Donald Trump is doing is fighting for our freedom, “Cohanim concluded.
Sam Dorman of Fox News contributed to this report.