Twitter Account Blacklisting pro-Palestinian Activists, anti-Semites Deactivated

Twitter account for Canary Mission, known for blacklisting Israeli critics, has now been suspended following a breach of the platforms terms and conditions

The Forward
Josh Nathan-Kazis
Picture taken from Canary Mission Twitter, February 27, 2018.
Picture taken from Canary Mission Twitter, February 27, 2018.Credit: Canary Mission Twitter
The Forward
Josh Nathan-Kazis

Twitter has suspended the account of Canary Mission, the shadowy group that publishes an online blacklist of pro-Palestinian student activists.

Founded in 2015, the site says that it aims to prevent pro-Palestinian students from finding work after college. It hides the identities of its own staff and funders.

Canary Mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the suspension. Twitter did not immediately say why it suspended the account, though common reasons include abusive tweets or other violations of Twitter’s terms of service.

Image taken from Canary Mission Twitter account, February 25, 2018. Credit: Canary Mission Twitter
Image taken from Canary Mission Twitter account, February 24, 2018. Credit: Canary Mission Twitter

Jewish academics have accused Canary Mission of “McCarthyite” tactics, and pro-Palestinian advocates have called it an online bullying campaign. But last year, a mainstream Jewish organization, the Israel on Campus Coalition, endorsed the group.

Canary Mission’s website includes dossiers on 300 professors and another 1400 people, many of them undergraduates.

Contact Josh Nathan-Kazis at nathankazis@forward.com or on Twitter, @joshnathankazis.

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