How to use Twitter for peace advocacy
The use of Twitter for political advocacy is getting increasingly popular.
But the social media platform has not been without its detractors.
On Tuesday, a Twitter user in the United States, @josephhong, wrote a scathing critique of the platform for not using the hashtag #stopwar.
“For the last three years, Twitter has been silent on war crimes, mass killings, and systematic abuse,” wrote @jos_hong.
“It is not just war. “
It is the use of social media to silence dissent. “
It is not just war.
It is the use of social media to silence dissent.
It’s not about the ‘war’ anymore.
It just means you can tweet and Facebook.”
The platform also said in a statement to The Jerusalem Times: “Twitter does not support any form of violence.
This includes violent protests, including the use by some of our users of violence as a means of expression.
We will continue to work with our users to address the issues they raise and encourage our users who may feel unsafe to do so.”
While @joses_hooghans comments were widely shared on Twitter, others expressed outrage over the tweet and its impact on Twitter users.
“If we don’t have #StopWar, we are going to have a war,” wrote one user, @SafeguardMe, who shared a screenshot of @joshdavis_dowd’s tweet.”#stopwar is a great idea, but it does not stop terrorism.
We cannot let terrorists win,” tweeted another, @MossYousef.
“Twitter’s solution is to censor people for speaking out on a war that is going on.”
Others on Twitter were less forgiving, though, and wrote that Twitter was being hypocritical in its silence.
“Twitter has taken the lead in using the platform to silence those who wish to call out injustice, but is not standing up to the worst forms of abuse that can come from those who use the platform,” wrote a user named @BrigidM.
“The fact that Twitter is a platform for speech and not a platform to harass is a disgrace,” wrote another user, a user who went by @jordanbakan.
“In the absence of a clear, unambiguous response, #StopWarrant is a useful reminder to Twitter that its silence and silence is complicity,” @sarah_mason wrote.
“This is what Twitter does to silence people who speak up.
The same thing Twitter does when it is afraid of speaking up, but doesn’t say anything.
Twitter has become a tool of repression,” she added.
In a follow-up tweet, @sally_sullivan_tweeted: “@joshong_you need to start using the hashtags and use #stopwarrant instead of #stoprussia, because if it was #stopRUSSIA, @jack_parsons would have a job on the next day.”
The Israeli government has denied any wrongdoing in the shooting of the Palestinians, and the Palestinian Authority condemned the killing.