SWC Issues Statement Following Kanye West’s Suspension on Twitter
December 2, 2022
Human Rights NGO Commends Elon Musk for Taking Action Against anti-Semitism
LOS ANGELES –The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) applauds Elon Musk for throwing Kanye West off of Twitter again in the wake of his latest anti-Semitic posts on the social media platform.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at SWC, issued the following statement:
“We commend Elon Musk’s Twitter for throwing Kanye West off the powerful platform in the wake of his serial anti-Semitism. This is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done to stop social media companies from mainlining anti-Semitism bigotry and racism. We also take note that there has been another surge of hate on Twitter. This underscores the need for Musk to install clear, transparent rules to distinguish the red line between free speech and hate so that Twitter will no longer be an attractive platform for bigots. The SWC’s annual report card on digital terrorism and hate has given Twitter dismal grades over the years, well before Musk’s takeover, for allowing extremists to leverage their platform.”
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