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NYT editor leaves Twitter over racist, anti-Semitic remarks by 'Bernie bros' and others
 
Thursday, June 09, 2016
by Martin Barillas
 
Jon Weisman, the deputy editor of the Washington bureau of The New York Times, announced his decision to cease posting at Twitter after he and his colleagues endured a number of anti-Semitic and racist rebukes on the social media website.
 
The veteran journalist said he forwarded tweets from what he called "Nazi anti-Semites" who assailed NYT reporters, while he also sent them to the Twitter support team for evaluation.
 
Twitter responded: "There's nothing here that violates our rules."
Weisman cited two posts on Twitter that the social media website claims do not violate its rules. In one of the tweets, Weisman was called a "k-ke" while another said he should go "in the oven."
 
Those accounts have since been suspended. Weisman wrote: “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 bidding adieu to the website in a final tweet, "I will leave Twitter to the racists, the anti-Semites, the Bernie Bros who attacked women reporters yesterday. Maybe Twitter will rethink.”


Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.


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