Israellycool reader Rachel contacted me earlier today to inform me of some troubling behavior over at Instagram.
Rachel has an account there, and every time she posts something related to Israel, she is hit with a barrage of anti-Israel and antisemitic comments. Like these:
Rachel reported the hateful comments and received the Facebook treatment i.e. Instagram did nothing, even though according to their terms and conditions:
2. You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service.
6. You must not defame, stalk, bully, abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate people or entities…
But it gets worse. Rachel’s account was hacked by an anti-Israel Arab, who posted her personal details on her account, including her address, wth the clear intention of intimidating and threatening her. Rachel reported this to Instagram, and they took days before they were willing to take it down!
Ok, you may say. Perhaps they have an unreasonably high tolerance when it comes to what falls under these definitions in the terms and conditions.
Well, Rachel herself posted the following video (in response to people who claimed she was racist for speaking out against Islamic terrorism):
And guess what? Instagram quickly removed it.
Antisemitism, Israel hatred, cursing, intimidation and harassment? Fine and dandy.
Speaking out against terrorism? Not tolerated.
Something is clearly not right here.