Twitter’s late reaction on Wiley ‘not good enough’, says Board of Deputies President

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has reacted to Twitter’s decision to suspend the account of Wiley several days after his antisemitic rant started.

Marie said: “It appears that Twitter has now suspended the account of Richard Cowie, or Wiley, six days after he began an extended antisemitic rant, and nearly all the way through a 48 hour walkout from Twitter by the Jewish community and its allies. Instagram was also slow on this, deleting his profile just yesterday. It is just not good enough. Social media companies have not been strong or fast enough about tackling racism, misogyny or homophobia. We will be talking to Twitter today, and other social media companies and government partners over the coming days, to make sure this does not happen again. There must be #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate.”

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