Target: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Goal: Take action against anti-Semitism on social media platform after journalist quit due to white nationalist harassment.
Anti-Semitic attacks and slurs from neo-Nazis and other white nationalists prompted a Jewish journalist to leave Twitter due to the fact that the company refuses to do enough to stop this kind of bigoted harassment. In a lengthy op-ed, New York Times editor Joe Weisman detailed the threats to his life and the relentless slurs directed at him on the social media platform after white nationalist accounts “outed” him as Jewish.
This is only part of an alarming pattern of neo-Nazism and explicit white supremacy on social networks like Twitter. These individuals have formed communities in which they target Jewish individuals and people of color for severe harassment and threats that have made innocent users fear for their lives. However, Twitter continues to let the accounts of these hateful bigots function and the company’s reporting system remains inadequate. Twitter only banned some of the white nationalist accounts that harassed Weisman after he publicly threatened to quit the platform.
The rise of neo-Nazism and white nationalism should shock and appall everyone, and we should be united in standing against it. Letting anti-Semitism and racism slide is what has led to horrific incidents and systematic campaigns of violence against innocent people, including the Holocaust. Sign our petition to demand that Twitter commits to doing more to eradicate white nationalist accounts and suspect harassers.
Dear Mr. Dorsey,
As I’m sure you know, New York Times editor Joe Weisman recently left Twitter due to the fact that he was targeted, harassed, and threatened by neo-Nazis and white nationalists on your social media platform and didn’t receive any help from the company until after he threatened to delete his account. This is unacceptable. It shouldn’t have to get to that point for your company to respond to this kind of alarming and hateful harassment.
Your company has already been criticized for an insufficient reporting system and a lack of response to reports of bigotry and harassment. This may be why neo-Nazis and white supremacists feel comfortable using Twitter to form growing communities that they can use to target people for these hate campaigns.
You should also be aware of how many of these incredibly bigoted and dangerous individuals hold accounts on your platform. If you don’t, then you’re not paying attention. If you feel like it’s okay to give these people a way that they can easily harass and threaten innocent individuals like Weisman, then perhaps you should study history.
At the very least, know that if you keep letting anti-Semites direct their hate at Jewish people like this on Twitter, more people are going to close their accounts. Please immediately commit to making your platform a safer place for marginalized persons and creating a better reporting system.
[Your Name Here]
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