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Twitter user Thomas Andrews' Twitter account, from which he called Jews ''absolutely vile," has recently been removed from the social media website, but only after his antisemitic tweet gained a lot of traction and some serious backlash.
The tweet, from October 14, had read ''Drove Stamford hill today. F*** me the gaffs riddled with full blown Jews. Absolutely vile.'' It was reported within minutes of its posting, but was not removed until the account was taken offline.
Despite several Twitter users reporting the tweet for its antisemitic content, Twitter said that the message did not violate its community standards and that it did not represent a violation of the site's ''abusive behavior'' rules.
A British Labor MP, John Mann, said that Twitter's decision to allow the message to remain on the site indicated how the company had ''absolutely no interest'' in doing more to prevent and punish hate speech. He told the Daily Mail he plans to introduce legislation that would hold Twitter responsible for the ''vile'' comments, like Andrews', that it allows to remain on its site.
The community to which Andrews was referring in his tweet, Stamford Hills, is home to 20,000 haredi Jews, the largest population of Orthodox Jews in Britain.