Palestinian BBC journalist who tweeted that ‘Hitler was right’ is being investigated by the broadcaster

A screenshot of Tala Halawa's most recent BBC story
A screenshot of Tala Halawa’s most recent BBC story, published on May 23.

  • The BBC is investigating Tala Halawa – an employee who has worked on their coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • An unearthed tweet from 2014 shows that Halawa had tweeted that “Hitler was right.”
  • Another social media post shows that Halawa called for Israel to be relocated to the US.
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The BBC is investigating a Palestinian employee who tweeted “#HitlerWasRight” during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war.

Tala Halawa, who began her work as a digital journalist at BBC Monitoring in 2017, wrote a string of anti-Israel and antisemitic posts before her employment at the world’s largest broadcast news organization.

In one tweet from July 2014, Halawa wrote: “#Israel is more #Nazi than #Hitler! Oh, #HitlerWasRight #IDF go to hell. #PrayForGaza.”

In another tweet, shared by pro-Israel media watchdog HonestReporting, Halawa wrote: “#Zionists can’t get enough of our blood.”

The Ramallah-based journalist, whose most recent report for the BBC on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was published last Sunday, deleted her social media accounts in the aftermath of her tweets being unearthed.

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A tweet from July 2014 by Tala Halawa that said “Zionists can’t get enough of our blood.”

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Halawa also posted controversial content on Facebook, according to HonestReporting, including an August 2014 graphic that called for the relocation of Israel to the United States.

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Tala Halawa shared a graphic on Facebook in 2014 that called for Israel to be relocated to the US.

The BBC, Halawa’s employer, has strict guidelines on impartiality and social media conduct for its reporters.

“Nothing should appear on their social media accounts which undermines the integrity or impartiality of the BBC,” the organization’s editorial guidelines on social media say.

A BBC spokesperson, who confirmed that Halawa is being investigated, clarified that the offending content was from before she was employed by them.

“Whilst these tweets predate the individual’s employment the BBC is taking this extremely seriously and is investigating the matter with urgency,” a BBC spokesperson told Insider. “We are clear there is no place for views like this to exist within the BBC and we deplore racism and antisemitism of any kind.”

The hashtag #HitlerWasRight has been used increasingly in recent weeks, Insider’s Sarah Al-Arshani wrote. The Anti-Defamation League said that between May 7 and May 14, more than 17,000 tweets could be found that used variations of the phrase.

This coincides with a sharp rise in the number of antisemitic incidents since the start of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Insider reported.

Halawa’s investigation also follows the dismissal of Emily Wilder– a journalist who was fired from the Associated Press following tweets which the news agency said violated their social media policy.

Wilder, who is Jewish, said that she was not told which social media posts led to her termination. She has indicated that she believes she was fired because a group of college Republicans identified an old social media post in which she criticized the Israeli government in 2020, Insider’s Yelena Dzhanova reported.

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Psaki says Biden ‘does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories’ after a GOP senator criticized his tweets as ‘unimaginably conventional’

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, March 4, 2021.

  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden’s communication style on Monday.
  • Biden “does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories,” Psaki said.
  • The comments came after a Republican senator criticized Biden’s social media usage.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday defended President Joe Biden’s communication style after a Republican senator criticized his limited social media usage.

“I can confirm that the president of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories,” Psaki told reporters during a news conference, in an apparent jab at former President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits before the social media platform permanently suspended his account after the Capitol riot on January 6.

Psaki’s comments were a response to GOP Sen. John Cornyn’s statement on Monday that Biden’s tweets are “unimaginably conventional.”

“The president is not doing cable news interviews,” Cornyn tweeted, quoting a Politico article. “Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.”

Cornyn also suggested that Biden’s messaging strategy undermines his leadership, tweeting, “Invites the question: is he really in charge?”

Psaki pushed back on the assertion on Monday, and said that Biden “spends his time working on behalf of the American people.”

Biden’s media interactions have largely consisted of participating in the occasional one-on-one interview, replying to reporters’ questions after public events, and sending tweets from his @POTUS account about his administration’s work. He held his first presidential news conference last month.

Biden’s approach significantly differs from that of Trump, who routinely made presidential announcements via late-night tweets and frequently appeared on cable TV channels, particularly Fox News. Trump would also use Twitter to attack his political rivals and drum up support from his base.

Toward the end of his presidency, Trump used social media to spread false claims and conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election. Twitter and Facebook eventually banned Trump from their platforms in response to the former president’s role in the Capitol insurrection, when swaths of his supporters stormed the building.

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How to add a tweet to a snap on Snapchat and share it with friends and followers

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Sharing a tweet on Snapchat only takes a few taps.

  • You can add a tweet directly to a snap you send on Snapchat by linking your accounts.
  • When you send a tweet on Snapchat, people who receive your snap can swipe up to open the tweet.
  • You can only share tweets from public Twitter accounts — locked Twitter accounts can’t be shared on Snapchat.
  • To add a tweet to Snapchat, navigate to the tweet and open the Share menu, then select “Snap Camera.”
  • This feature is currently only available for iOS users.
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In days past, if you wanted to share a tweet to Snapchat, you needed to screenshot it and then share your screenshot.

But now, there’s a better, more integrated option: iOS users can share tweets to Snapchat directly with a few taps, allowing their followers to navigate to the tweet and see the replies (or share it themselves).

Here’s how iOS users can get started sharing tweets to Snapchat.

How to add a tweet to Snapchat

1. Open Twitter and navigate to the tweet you want to share. The tweet must be from an account that’s public – if the tweeter’s username has a lock icon next to it, the tweet can’t be shared.

2. Tap the tweet’s sharing icon, which looks like an arrow pointing upwards out of a box. It’ll be in the bottom-right corner of the tweet.

3. You’ll see “Snap Camera” as a share option. Tap it. If you don’t see this option, it means that either Twitter or Snapchat needs to be updated, or you don’t have Snapchat installed and set up.

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Snapchat will be labeled as “Snap Camera.”

4. Snapchat will open, with your tweet inserted on the screen. Don’t worry about the placement of the tweet – you can adjust this after you’ve recorded the snap.

5. Take your snap – it can be a picture or video. Add any text, effects, or filters you’d like, and then move the tweet to where you want it. You can also rotate and resize it freely.

6. Tap the send button in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select your recipients, then tap the blue arrow in the bottom-right to send it.

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You can add filters, texts, stickers, music, and more to the snap, along with a tweet.

To open the tweet you sent so they can see the replies or share it, your recipient will need to swipe up on your snap.

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How Twitter is Driving Tweet Exposure and Virtual Hangouts

It’s hard to believe more than seven years ago Snapchat unveiled “Stories,” a feature allowing consumers to string together images and videos into a digestible, diary-esque sequence that would disappear after 24 hours. It proved so popular that several other prominent players including Instagram and LinkedIn created their own Stories doppelgängers.

Most recently, Twitter is carving its name in this space. Last month Twitter introduced its own take on stories—fleeting tweets called Fleets. Now it’s making it easier to share Tweets inside stories on other platforms.

Integrating Tweets into Instagram and Snapchat

In the latest move, users can transform Tweets into stickers within Snapchat, with the ability to customize content with other traditional creative elements found across other versions of Stories including captions, filters, and Bitmojis. Previously, if someone wanted to share a tweet on Snapchat, they’d have to resort to taking a screenshot of it and manually inserting it as an image, without having access to any of Snapchat’s camera or editing features for added flair.

Here’s the full breakdown:

  • Tap the share icon on a Tweet (it must be public — not a protected tweet)
  • Select the Snapchat icon at the bottom of the share menu to create the sticker. This will open directly to your iOS Camera and generate an immovable sticker if you are already signed in and not in the process of creating a separate Snap
  • Take your Snap — either photo or video — and customize with captions and Snapchat Creative Tools including your Bitmoji, Cameo and Filters
  • Select the blue “Send” button to distribute to individual friends or groups
  • Once shared, the Snap will link back to the Tweet  thread on Twitter where you can see the whole conversation

Outside of Snapchat, Twitter also revealed it will soon launch a small test of a similar feature to let iOS users share tweets in Instagram Stories.

Doubling down on virtual experiences and live video

In the virtual hangout realm, Twitter also announced its acquisition of the video app Squad. Per TechCrunch, the startup’s co-founders, CEO Esther Crawford and CTO Ethan Sutin, along with the rest of Squad’s team will now join Twitter’s team across its design, engineering and product departments.

Similar to the likes of Houseparty, Squad allows groups to connect with each other in real-time but the key differentiator that helps it rise above the noise is screen-sharing. As shown in this example, any chat participant can share their screen which can spur discussion around other platforms and content forms including private messages. Put differently, the objective here is context and facilitation of broader discussion around Tweets.
Squad will help Twitter “bring new ways for people to interact, express themselves, and join in the public conversation,” Twitter VP of Product, Ilya Brown, shared in a tweet.

Earlier this year, the startup noted that its usage had increased 1100% as a result of the lockdowns due to the global pandemic. It also garnered $7.2 million in venture capital from First Round, Y Combinator, betaworks, Halogen Ventures, and ex-TechCrunch editor Alexia Bonatsos’s Dream Machine amongst several other investors.

The future of multi-participant chat

2020 was a case in point that to succeed, platforms must innovate and provide new functionality to expand app usage. Tools including interactive Q&As, live chats, gaming, and livestreaming are golden tickets to ensuring longevity for their ability to help both creators and brands achieve more personal forms of entertainment and monetize their offerings.

While the future of Fleets may be uncertain, Twitter’s acquisition of Squad feels like a step in the right direction to standing the offering up. Connection to real-time trends and close friends is tablestakes in today’s landscape and perhaps this move will open the floodgate for a revamp of Twitter’s app. For instance, a dedicated tab emphasizing video clips and discussions via Squad. With the angle of simple, multi-participant chat, it also ticks another important box regarding consumers craving more intimate interactions that are welcomed versus those that are forced and disruptive.

Image credit via TechCrunch

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