A German-Israeli satirist has spray painted dozens of abusive tweets in front of Twitter’s office in Hamburg in an effort to draw attention to what he says is the company’s failure to combat hate speech.
The posts included tweets like “Lets gas some Jews together” and “hang these lowlifes from the nearest street post.” Some tweets included calls for violence against Muslims, gays, women and people of color.
“The statements I reported weren’t just plain insults or jokes, but absolutely serious threats of violence, homophobia, xenophobia, or Holocaust denial. Things no one should say and no one should read,” Shapira says, in a YouTube video.
Shapira said he also reported 150 abusive comments to Facebook, and about 80 percent of those were removed within a few days.
In the video, Shapira can be seen stenciling 30 tweets with chalk paint in front of Twitter’s German office.
“If Twitter forces me to see those things, then they’ll have to see them too,” says Shapira.