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Report: Muslims told Twitter to ban Jewish reporter

Laura Loomer (Twitter profile)

The Wall Street Journal reports Muslims lobbied Twitter to silence the voice of journalist Laura Loomer.

As WND reported, Loomer recently chained herself to Twitter headquarters after the social-media giant banned her.

The Journal explained Twitter invited a number of outside groups to help it decide who should be banned after criticism for not policing its content.

“That solution is creating a new set of problems—public fights, complaints and legal battles,” the paper said.

Loomer, described as a conservative Jewish activist, said she didn’t know until recently that outside groups and individuals had privately lobbied Twitter executives to remove her from the site in late November.

In an email to Loomer, Twitter said she had violated its conduct policy for a tweet calling Ilhan Omar, the Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota, anti-Jewish and supportive of Shariah law.

In an interview, Loomer says she was referring to a 2012 tweet in which the congresswoman wrote, “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Among the groups that had complained to Twitter was the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim advocacy organization founded by members of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.

An Arab Gulf nation, the United Arab Emirates, has designated CAIR a terrorist organization.

A Twitter user said the ban on Loomer is “concerning because federal laws inhibit a single owner to silence a particular point of view by owning more than a percentage of the nation’s newspapers, television stations and radio broadcasts.”

“Why is social media not held to a similar constraint?”

A post on the Twitter news aggregating site Twitchy said: “Say what you will about journalist Laura Loomer, the woman gets attention. Whether she’s pushing a story you may find questionable about her tires being slashed or chaining herself to Twitter headquarters after she was suspended, people know who she is.”

Twitchy said that while Twitter “should have the right to suspend whomever they choose, the idea that they would work with an organization like CAIR behind the scenes in suspending a Jewish journalist like Loomer is alarming to say the least.”

WND reported when Loomer was kicked off Twitter for criticizing an elected official in Minnesota.