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Nikki Haley’s election fraud tweet flagged, but Iranian leader’s Holocaust denial isn’t

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at the Republican National Convention, Aug. 24, 2020. (YouTube screenshot)
November 13, 2020

Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s tweet about election fraud was flagged by the social media platform, but a tweet by Iran’s leader questioning the Holocaust was left untouched.

“Wow.  When Iran’s Ayatollah says the Holocaust didn’t happen, Twitter doesn’t say ‘this claim is disputed.’ When I say ballot harvesting makes election fraud easier Twitter says that’s disputed.  Wonder why conservatives don’t trust big tech?” Haley tweeted on Friday.

Haley’s initial tweet read: “Despite what the media tells us, election fraud does happen, and policies like ballot harvesting and mailing ballots to people who don’t request them makes it easier. That needs to stop.”

Twitter labeled the tweet with a disclaimer that said, “This claim about election fraud is disputed.”

Meanwhile, two weeks have passed since Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted to question the Holocaust, but his tweet has remained unflagged.

“Why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (pbuh) is allowed?” Khamenei tweeted.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked specifically about Holocaust denial posts on the social media platform last month – on the same day Khamenei made the post.

Sen. Corey Gardner asked Dorsey: “If somebody denied the Holocaust happened, it’s not misinformation?”

“It’s misleading information,” Dorsey responded. “But we don’t have a policy against that type of misleading information.”

“We have a policy against misinformation in three categories, which are manipulated media, public health, specifically COVID, and civic integrity, election interference and voter suppression. We do not have a policy or enforcement for any other types of misleading information that you’re mentioning,” Dorsey added.

Khamenei has previously made other tweets calling for attacks on Israel and others promotion Jihad – one of which was highlighted by the White House. However, those posts also went unflagged by Twitter.

Dorsey said last month Twitter didn’t find Khamenei’s tweets about violence to be in violation of the platform’s policy because they deemed it “saber-rattling.”

“We believe it’s important for everyone to hear from global leaders. We want to make sure we are respecting their right to speak and to publish what they need,” Dorsey added at the time.