Twitter has not yet commented on whether a now silent tweet saying that President Donald Trump is worse than Nazi leader and former German chancellor Adolf Hitler broke his rules.
“Donald Trump is no Adolf Hitler. At least Hitler improved the daily lives of his followers, had discipline and demanded more from himself to win the respect of his followers. Even with the same pathology, there are different levels of competence,” wrote Dr. Bandy X. Lee.
Lee, who has 91,800 followers, is president of the World Mental Health Coalition, a forensic psychiatrist, and co-author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a book of essays that describe Trump as mentally unstable.
Her tweet may have violated Twitter’s guidelines on “hateful behavior” and may have encouraged violence against Trump by comparing him to the notorious Holocaust warden who killed 11 million people.
The Tweet was posted at 10:20 EST and deleted at 12:30 EST. During his short life, it was accused by numerous users of praising Hitler, falsely insulting Trump or being insensitive to Jews and others killed in the Holocaust.
Finally, she deleted the tweet because it “upset so many people and did not make them think, but on the contrary,” she wrote, adding: “My explanation was about how little Donald Trump believes he has to do to retain his followers, NOT to play down the atrocities of Adolf Hitler.
Twitter did not respond to a request from Washington Newsday.
Lee’s tweet is just the latest case of users bowing to Twitter and possibly breaking the rules.
Most recently, Twitter suspended the New York Post’s account for violating its policy on “hacked material” after the Post spread a story based on emails allegedly coming from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Twitter later reversed its decision and restored the Post’s account.
When Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October, many people broke the Twitter policy that forbade “hoping someone would die of a serious illness” by openly wishing for the president’s death. It is unclear whether Twitter has ever acted against users who expressed such wishes.
A study conducted by the European Commission on the reactions of social media platforms to hate speech showed that Twitter reacts more slowly to hate speech than Facebook or YouTube.
Over a six-week period between November 4 and December 13, Facebook accessed hate speech notifications in 95.7 percent of cases in less than 24 hours, YouTube in 81.5 percent of cases and Twitter in 76.6 percent of cases over the same period.