Twitter Censors Nikki Haley Tweet While Allowing Iran’s Leader To Dispute The Holocaust

( Twitter is at it again, unequally applying labeling rules to conservative voices in the U.S.

On Friday, Nikki Haley, the Republican former ambassador to the United Nations, sent a tweet that 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.”

Haley’s message then linked to a post from her advocacy group, Stand for America. On their website, there are two examples of the ballot harvesting that at one point led to voter fraud charges.

One was a situation in Paterson, N.J. The state’s Attorney General charged a city councilman-elect and another city councilman with election fraud crimes. They allegedly submitted third-party ballots in a wrong way for an election. The results of that election were subsequently overturned by a judge.

Twitter decided that message from Haley needed to be censored. They put a “disputed” label on the statement. The social media company also insert links to a bunch of fact checks that, of course, don’t directly address Haley’s statements about ballot harvesting.

Haley was having none of it, though. She pointed out more of Twitter’s unequal policy application.

She explained how Twitter labeled her message, but has refused to do the same for Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran. As recently as October, Khamenei sent tweets spreading misinformation about the Holocaust.

On October 28, he tweeted:

“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?”

Haley pasted a screenshot of Khamenei’s uncensored tweet and the message she sent that Twitter labeled. Then she went off on Twitter in a new tweet, saying:

“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?”

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, even tried to defend his company’s lack of action on Khamenei’s tweets. During a Senate committee hearing on October 28, Dorsey said:

“Speech against our own people or a country’s own citizens we believe is different and can cause more immediate harm.”

He said the company didn’t censor the Ayatollah based on its World Leaders rules. Under those rules, Twitter will generally allow world leaders to “saber-rattle.” What they can’t do, though, is issue specific threats against any people.

So, if you’re a world leader — which Twitter believes Haley is not — you can say whatever you want as long as you don’t threaten someone.

More than half of the states in America allow third parties to collect mail-from-home ballots from voters. People who support this action say it helps ensure voters who have limited access to the U.S. Postal Service can still vote.

For its part, Twitter said they labeled Haley’s tweet under their Civic Integrity Policy, which they enforce across the entire political spectrum. By the weekend, Haley’s tweet no longer had Twitter’s “disputed label.”