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NYT Editor 'Leaves Twitter' After Company Refuses to Address Anti-Semitic Tweets — Here's What He Says Happened After That Announcement


"Maybe Twitter will rethink."

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New York Times deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman announced Wednesday that he is leaving Twitter because of all the anti-Semitic tweets.

Weisman, who is Jewish, was the recipient of a number of inappropriate messages from accounts that have since been suspended. One such message reportedly referred to Weisman as a "kike." Another threatened to put him "in the oven," CNN reported.

But Weisman said when he alerted Twitter to the rhetoric, the company responded, "We see nothing here that violates our rules."

That's when Weisman announced his decision to boycott the popular social media platform.

"So I will be moving to Facebook where at least people need to use their real names and can't hide behind fakery to spread their hate," Weisman wrote in one tweet.

"I will leave @twitter to the racists, the anti-Semites, the Bernie Bros who attacked women reporters yesterday. Maybe Twitter will rethink," he said in another.

And it appears that Twitter did "rethink." Weisman told CNN that as soon as he posted those two tweets, the accounts he had linked to in previous posts were suspended. But, he added, "Not all the accounts that I reported are being blocked. I really don't understand what is deemed acceptable and what is over the line."

Unlike Facebook, Twitter does not require users to disclose their real names.

And that is something Weisman is trying to get changed: "Of course people will lie, just as they do on Facebook. But just making people provide a real name and a verifiable email address would help."

Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser would not comment on the matter "for privacy and security reasons," CNN reported.

(H/T: CNN)

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