Hamas: Twitter biased in favor of ‘Israeli occupation’

The Hamas terrorist group on Friday lashed out at Twitter, after the social media giant allegedly closed a number of its accounts, AFP reports.

The party's so-called “military wing”, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said its English and Arabic-language accounts had been closed for the third time in two weeks.

One of the closed accounts had more than 140,000 followers, it said in a statement.

Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by the European Union and many Western nations.

The group said that by closing down its accounts, Twitter was showing a "clear bias to the Israeli occupation where it should (adopt a) neutral position toward both sides."

It added that Israeli officials were allowed to encourage "racism, extremism and terrorism" on the site, and called on the company to reopen the accounts.

Twitter said in a statement in response that it does not comment on individual accounts for "privacy and security reasons."

The company has in the past, however, targeted accounts which spread terrorist propaganda on the site. In February, Twitter announced it had deleted more than 125,000 accounts linked to terrorists.

In October 2014, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo stated that he and his staff had been personally threatened over shutdowns. A month earlier, a Jerusalem-based cell of the ISIS threatened to kill Twitter employees and target its offices if the social media site does not stop closing down ISIS accounts.

Hamas, along with other Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza, has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

During the most recent of those conflicts, in 2014, Twitter closed down most of Hamas's accounts.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210206

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