Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is notorious for being an anti-Semite and black nationalist.
To further cement his reputation, he posted a video of a speech he gave in which he compared Jewish people to termites.
When he was confronted for his antisemitism, he responded to his critics during a rally by saying, "I'm not an anti-Semite. I'm anti-Termite."
The posted video prompted a campaign to ban the clip from social media, and two sites responded differently.
Facebook removed Farrakhan's video from his page due to its violation of a hate speech policy.
Twitter, however, claimed that Farrakhan's video did not violate any rules and therefore has not taken it down.
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. https://t.co/L5dPQcnVg4— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@MINISTER FARRAKHAN) 1539723912.0
In his speech, Farrakhan said:
"To the members of the Jewish community that don't like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet because of your fear of what we represent I can go anywhere in the world – I'm not mad at you because you're so stupid."
"So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, call me anti-Semite. Stop it. I'm anti-Termite. I don't know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference."
Audible laughter can be heard following his statement.
@LouisFarrakhan This is wrong. This is disgusting.— News Nerd Keith✊🏼 (@News Nerd Keith✊🏼) 1539868657.0
@LouisFarrakhan What a sad little man. How demeaning and how basically churlish the whole speech is. Wrote, it read… https://t.co/73scD9emUc— Borneovet (@Borneovet) 1539861509.0
@LouisFarrakhan May you one day realize that you are no better than any other person.#stophate— Linda Copeland (@Linda Copeland) 1539889130.0
The New York Post reported that Facebook gave Farrakhan's account "a strike" and has not suspended the account. But a spokesperson for Facebook told the Post that the offensive video was removed on Thursday because it "refers to Jews as termites, which amounts to Tier 1 hate speech."
Twitter is in hot water for their inconsistent content policy, according to the Hill.
@LouisFarrakhan @Twitter is this hate speech that could promote violence??? Is this what you promote??? @jack… https://t.co/XQyQhPtwCS— Stemmy (@Stemmy) 1539832744.0
@LouisFarrakhan @Twitter @jack @TwitterMoments Hey! One last thing I hope nobody thinks it’s OK to treat other huma… https://t.co/VkKPEaDrb7— Stemmy (@Stemmy) 1539832862.0
@LouisFarrakhan @TwitterSupport I'd like to understand how this is acceptable.— Jacob FM (@Jacob FM) 1539847123.0
@LouisFarrakhan This message has been approved for you by the good folks @Twitter. Definitely NOT dehumanizing to… https://t.co/1zBqEeifdE— Mr Dot Based Sir (@Mr Dot Based Sir) 1539847190.0
Ben Shapiro, an American conservative political commentator, castigated Twitter for allowing Farrakhan's video to remain.
"Twitter's standards are an utterly inconsistent joke."
Not everyone agreed with the public's consensus against Twitter's policy.
CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill, who is also a vocal critic of Israel, disagrees with the campaign to silence Farrakhan.
"I don't think shutting down the public conversation is the way to do it," he said, according to The Wrap. "People should have access to ideas. Even bad ideas."
Chelsea Clinton on the other hand blasted Farrakhan and said his comparison of Jewish people to termites is "wrong and dangerous."
"The responsive laughter makes my skin crawl. For everyone who rightly condemned President Trump's rhetoric when he spoke about immigrants 'infesting our country,' this rhetoric should be equally unacceptable to you."
Comparing Jews to termites is anti-Semitic, wrong and dangerous. The responsive laughter makes my skin crawl. For e… https://t.co/3XODkVMmqh— Chelsea Clinton (@Chelsea Clinton) 1539786217.0
@ChelseaClinton Thank you for speaking up Chelsea. That kind of speech is unacceptable and we should not stay silent.— Mkcuse⭐️⭐️ (@Mkcuse⭐️⭐️) 1539884337.0
The minister's anti-Semetic speech from Monday was from the 23rd anniversary of the Million Man March in Detroit, a rally he orchestrated in 1995 for the empowerment of African American men.
The Southern Poverty Law Center designates Farrakhan as an "extremist."