The BBC reported yesterday that “A 48-hour boycott of Twitter by some of its users, protesting at the platform's alleged lack of action on anti-Semitism has begun … It was triggered by the actions of grime music artist Wiley, who shared several posts on Twitter on Friday … Some of the tweets were deleted, but Twitter was criticised for taking time to act and leaving some tweets up”. And there was more.
“Actress and writer Tracy-Ann Oberman, who is one of those leading the movement [I never see her Tweets, I blocked her] … radio presenter and activist Maajid Nawaz [just rejoice at that news] … television presenter Rachel Riley [I never see her Tweets, she blocked me] … singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor [is she on Twitter? News to me]”.
One of those supporting this move at least applied a little grey matter to the issue: "Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, meanwhile, has written to Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, telling them: ‘social media companies have a responsibility to act and must do so without delay’”. And he was right to do so.
Because while so many people have temporarily left Twitter, after telling Twitter that it has to do something, or do better, Wiley has simply moved right across to Facebook and carried on the anti-Semitic abuse very much as before, while many of his critics were looking the wrong way. Well, apart from Rabbi Mirvis. The BBC broke the news.
“Posts include: ‘Listen Golders Green ring my sister and let's meet asap’; ‘David Baddiel come and talk to my face’; and ‘Who called the police? Are you from Golders Green? I am coming to sit down with you... Labyrinth you could come along as you have forgotten what colour you are’ … A number of comments on the posts also include anti-Semitic abuse”.
Meanwhile, all the anti-Semitic attacks on former Labour leader Ed Miliband by the Daily Mail are still live, as is the Telegraph’s not-really-anti-Semitic-honestly demonisation of George Soros. And no-one is taking the Tory Party to task for the steady stream of sly anti-Semitism that has come from several of its senior MPs - including the Prime Minister.
Anyone might conclude that some forms of anti-Semitism were less unacceptable than others.Which is a place that no-one should ever go. Do better, assembled Slebs.