Friday, December 30, 2011

Twitter Stands Tall, Resists Pressure By Israeli Legal Activist Group Shurat HaDin To Deactivate Twitter Accounts For Hezbollah

The Israeli activist legal group Shurat HaDin, whose motto is "Bankrupting terrorism, one lawsuit at a time", has sent a letter to Twitter threatening legal action unless the site stops hosting Hezbollah Twitter accounts, and accounts for other terrorist organizations. But so far, Twitter is standing firm and refusing to cave in to Shurat HaDin's judicial terrorism.

Twitter's anything-goes policy has led to people from groups such as Hezbollah and the Taliban openly Tweeting on the site. The Taliban tweet commentaries on Western news as well as real-time reports of direct action. However, there's an American law, upheld by a 2010 Supreme Court decision, that makes it illegal to provide “material support” to terrorist organizations. And Shurat HaDin has adopted an extreme interpretation of that law to go after organizations they deem to be terrorist by targeting those who provide them platforms with lawsuits. This is quite similar to the practice authorized by the DMCA for copyright holders to target those who merely post links to infringing sites with complaints and, on occasion, no-warning lawsuits.

According to the Daily Mail, the letter sent by Shurat HaDin to Twitter said, in part, "Please be advised that providing social media and other associated services to terrorist groups is illegal and will expose Twitter and its officers to both criminal prosecution and civil liability to American citizens and others victimized by terrorism".

In a separate press release, controversial lawyer Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who founded Shurat HaDin, explained "Twitter’s complicit service to known foreign terrorist organizations is not only morally irresponsible, it is also illegal. Twitter needs to take responsibility for the platform it is providing to known terrorists and cease and desist immediately. Their failure to do so exposes them to severe liability".

But Twitter is taking a principled stand for free speech. In a post entitled "The Tweets Must Flow" published in January 2011, Twitter said "We don't always agree with the things people choose to tweet, but we keep the information flowing irrespective of any view we may have about the content. The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. This is both a practical and ethical belief. On a practical level, we simply cannot review all one hundred million-plus Tweets created and subsequently delivered every day".

It should also be noted that Twitter has joined with Craigslist, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn to oppose the tyrannical Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act, claiming that the bills give the Feds unacceptable power to censor the Web.

It should be no surprise that a Jewish supremacist organization is trying to censor Twitter. Jewish supremacists have been at the forefront of other censorship efforts, most notably the proliferation of Holocaust denial laws in Europe, where a person can go to jail merely for publicly suggesting that less than six million died in the Holocaust. Jewish supremacists supported the adoption of the odious Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which has been used as a weapon by professional complaint trolls like Richard Warman to suppress individual dissent. And Jewish supremacists have pushed for the adoption of elaborate speech codes in many of America's secular universities, where such codes have been disproportionately used against White students and White groups like Youth for Western Civilization. While I frankly could care less about Hezbollah, if groups like Shurat HaDin can get away with censoring Twitter, imagine what they could do to Stormfront or Dr. David Duke's website.

Some comments supporting Twitter have been posted to the story on The Blaze:

smackdown33 Posted on December 30, 2011 at 7:18pm:
Lawsuit, the same weapon Jews have used in this country in their never ending quest to make the majority acquiesce to their minority view; be it removing Christian objects, prayers or long practiced traditions.

No surprise. Ever ask yourself why B.C. & A.D. were changed to B.C.E. & A.C.E.? Use of the CE abbreviation was introduced by Jewish academics in the mid-19th century. Since the later 20th century, usage of CE and BCE has been popularized in academic and scientific publications, and more generally by publishers emphasizing secularism or sensitivity to non-Christians.

ScienceIsNotEvil Posted on December 30, 2011 at 7:51pm:
Well then perhaps Israel should stop trying to sell weapons to China and stop building that UAV plant with Russia on Russian soil.

Do they get a pass for arming our enemies simply because they are Israel?


Anonymous said...

"AA" you really ought to consider operating a Twitter account for your White Reference site. Since we started up our Twitter account around mid-year of 2011, its grown to over 700 people who've registered to receive it. Really, its a win-win situation, per how much time and effort is involved. Every time you have a new, worthwhile post, you could alert your subscribers, hence building your audience. Certainly NOT attempting to "tell you how to operate" - just a helpful suggestion. Sincerely, Rocky J. Suhayda, Chairman Hail Victory! 88! BTW, my e-mail is if you would ever feel like communicating, drop me a line.

Anonymous said...

Uh-Oh, looks like the ANP is gonna need a new location for their Xmas Party.