The Nation of Islam, headed by Louis Farrakhan, is an unrepentant anti-Semitic group. They have officially been slammed by the ban hammer on Twitter, but not for their hatred aimed a the Jewish people.
The actions that finally spurred Twitter to action against the hate-fueled mob were the Nation of Islam’s criticisms of vaccines, reported The Federalist. Before this point, however, the social media titan had, on numerous occasions, decided to not ban or punish Farrakhan’s personal account or the one tied to the Nation of Islam even in the face of blatant harassment and extreme anti-Semitism.
“Twitter moved to ban the account last week after being targeted for promoting ‘misinformation.’ In reaction to the ban, a high-ranking member in the group tweeted, ‘Unsurprisingly, Twitter, Inc. has suspended The Nation of Islam’s official account: @OfficialNOI,’” stated The Federalist. “A report cited by the White House this month said that 12 Twitter accounts are responsible for 65 percent of supposed anti-vaccine content. One of the 12 listed was Rizza Islam, a Nation of Islam member. While Twitter took action against the group after perpetual mRNA vaccines criticism, it remained silent on its previous anti-semitism.”
The ban issued by Twitter springs up after the account had been allowed to spew its anti-Semitic message for well over a decade with no recourse. For example, back in 2018, Farrakhan stated “the powerful Jews are my enemy” as part of a speech while going on to add, “white folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”
While that exact clip was not posted and shared via Twitter, that same year, Farrakhan tweeted out another clip of a different speech where he took to comparing Jews to termites. He went on to caption the video: “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite.”
As reported by The Federalist, Twitter currently has a policy again “dehumanizing” tweets, but in a statement made to BuzzFeed News at the time stated that Farrakhan’s account had posted its tweet just slightly before it had put in place its policy, so the tweet could remain. Even with the Nation of Islam’s public account being banned, the private account held by Farrakhan has remained untouched and is still active and apparently in good standing.
Quite a few groups on the web seem to attribute Twitter’s non-action against Farrakhan’s hateful messages to the fact that for years he showed his Democratic support.