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Twitter is apologizing for allowing the phrase “kill all jews” to appear as a trending topic for users in New York.
The phrase was featured in several news reports about the vandalism of Brooklyn synagogue Union Temple, which was scheduled to host an event with Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer on Thursday. The stories were shared on Twitter and it became a trending topic.
“This phrase should not have appeared in trends, and we’re sorry for this mistake,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement. “At times, we do prevent certain content from trending and we have now done so with this trend. This was trending as a result of coverage and horrified reactions to the vandalism against a synagogue in New York. Regardless, it should not have appeared as a trend.”
Twitter removed the phrase from its trending topics section Friday morning.
Glazer was scheduled to host a get-out-the-vote campaign at the synagogue Thursday but the event was canceled after anti-Semitic graffiti appeared. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people.
Twitter has been working to clean up its platform and has strengthened its rules around abuse and harassment. The company’s rules for trending topics say that it will seek to “promote healthy discussions on Twitter” and will prevent certain content from trending if it contains profanity or adult/graphic references, incites hate or otherwise violates Twitter’s rules.
BuzzFeed News first reported on the appearance of the trending topic.
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