Twitter Bans Ex-FBI Agent After Blaming Shooting On Dems, Allows Anti-Semitism

Holly Matkin

Twitter appears to have a double-standard with regards to "dehumanizing" posts.

San Francisco, CA – A former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who accused the Democratic party of being responsible for a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue has been suspended from Twitter.

However, the social media platform has refused to suspend the account of a Nation of Islam leader who referred to Jewish people as insects.

Former FBI agent John Guandolo is a controversial figure who has been hired by law enforcement agencies in the past to provide “Muslim threat” training.

His training has been heavily criticized for calling Islam a "barbaric and evil system," according to San Angelo Standard-Times.

He posted a tweet condemning the Democratic party in the wake of gunman Robert Bowers’ attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue, The Arizona Republic reported.

Bowers, 48, burst into the place of worship just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, yelling, “All Jews must die!” KDKA reported.

During his 20-minute attack, he killed eleven people, and injured two other members of the congregation, as well as four police officers, according to USA Today.

“Shooter in Pittsburgh – Robert Bowers – is a product of the Marxist Party of America’s call for violence (DEMOCRATS),” Guandolo wrote in the since-deleted tweet, according to The Arizona Republic. “Remember Nazis were socialists…leftists. Remember the KKK is a DEMOCRAT organization. #BanDemocrats.”

By Sunday afternoon, the tweet was deleted and Guandolo’s account was suspended.

Meanwhile, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s video tweet comparing Jewish people to insects remains on the social media site, having garnered over three million views as of Monday morning.

“I’m not an anti-Semite,” Farrakhan captioned the video clip. “I’m anti-Termite.”

“Now, white folk don’t like Farrakhan,” he said in the video. “In fact, to the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much…I’m not mad at you because you’re so stupid.”

“So, when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, call me an anti-Semite – stop it! I’m anti-termite!” he said.

Farrakhan’s statements appeared to conflict with Twitter’s expanded policies regarding “dehumanizing speech,” which is aimed at banning abusive behavior, BuzzFeed News reported.

In September, Twitter’s Vice President of Trust and Safety Del Harvey said abusive posts would include, “Statements along the lines of ‘All members of protected group X are dogs or rats or whatever,’” according to BuzzFeed News.

In a recent blog post, Twitter described “dehumanizing” tweets as “language that treats others as less than human,” BuzzFeed News reported. “Examples can include comparing groups to animals and viruses [animalistic], or reducing groups to a tool for some other purpose [mechanistic].”

But according to a Twitter spokesperson, Farrakhan’s post does not violate any existent policies, because the new rule has not gone into effect, BuzzFeed News reported.

It remains unclear when the new policy might be implemented, and the spokesperson did not say whether Farrakhan’s statements would be considered a violation.

In July, Twitter sanctioned Farrakhan by removing his special “verified” status after he issued another antisemitic tweet.

“Thoroughly and completely unmasking the Satanic Jew and the Synagogue of Satan,” he wrote, according to BuzzFeed News.

Comments (10)
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Well, well, well. Hey, @Hi_estComnDenomn, just a quick question, were you one of those 3 million people who logged onto Farrakhan's video feed to watch his anti-Semitists rant about the Jews? You can answer yes or no. Pretty easy, even for you.


This story is an example of media magnifying a small story because the person who violated is notable. Twitter randomly chastises those who speak hate, and doesn't do anything against others. No rhyme or reason.

Case in point, log in to Twitter ( or ask your grandchildren to show you how) and search for any derogatory term you can think of, from any race. See how many of those entries pop up in the results.

Twitter is a private company and can suspend whoever they want, but don't try to call them consistent. Also, "media" sites like this one drum up innocuous controversy like this article to keep you nice and riled up. Good job falling for it.


Did this one just for you @Hi_estComnDenomn You're Uncle Louis in full racist rant. Gee you know who he has a whole lot in common with? That other guy you like, Richard Spencer. Just trade out an "enemy" race here or their but their mission is exactly the same you know. They both hates Jews you know.


Personally I don't condone or accept the ideology of The Nation of Islam, but they have the right to free speech, just like the KKK, Neo Nazis, white supremacists or nationalists. As long as they don't advocate mass murder or ethnic cleasnings or genocide they can talk. The Nation of Islam didn't call for genocide as far as I know. Twitter is a private company, they will do as they see fit. This man, John Guandolo, attempted to capitalize on this heinous hate crime by spitting a venomous and divisive political message. His tone deaf and opportunistic tweet offered no condemnation of anti semitism or even condolencesies for the victims or their families. Only political bile. Of course he got censured. He deserved it.