Accuracy in Media

Twitter has canceled the Star of David.

Users who display the Star of David in their profile images are finding their accounts locked and are being told by Twitter the symbols must go because they constitute “hateful imagery” in violation of its terms of service.

“You may not use hateful images or symbols in your profile image or profile header,” Twitter wrote in a message to users. “As a result, we have locked your account.”

Twitter released a statement that said some of the accounts were locked by mistake and “clarified that even though it didn’t consider the Star of David a hateful symbol, the ‘yellow star’ or ‘yellow badge’ have been used negatively against Jewish people on the platform,” according to Newsweek.

But the Jerusalem Post, which said it learned of this from the London-based Campaign Against Antisemitism, said the “images in question ranged from a white star of David in a graffiti style to a superimposition of the modern blue star on the flag of Israel spliced with the yellow star Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis, to a montage of yellow stars.”

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had said several Twitter users contacted it in recent days to say their accounts had been locked by Twitter.

According to a study by the Anti-Defamation League, Twitter allowed 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets from 3 million unique handles in just one year – or about 81,000 per week.

The Star of David has been identified with Judaism since Medieval times and emerged as a pre-eminent symbol of the faith in the 19th century. A Star of David is imposed on the flag of Israel, the Jewish state.

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