Twitter has blacklisted the trending hashtag “Gas the Synagogue” after concerns were raised by Jewish groups.
The hashtag began trending after a Synagogue in St Louis took in 250 protesters who were protesting after a police officer was found not guilty of killing a black man in 2011.
The police allegedly used tear gas and rubber bullets to suppress the protesters. The Central Reform Congregation opened its doors to 250 protesters who had initially gathered outside the police department.
The police are also alleged to have, quite shockingly, threatened to use tear gas on protesters when inside the Synagogue.
As many protesters were tweeting their appreciation of the Jewish community for their solidarity, neo-Nazis had taken to Twitter to invoke the extermination of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust by tweeting “#GasTheSynagogue”.
By the time Twitter finally blacklisted the hashtag, it had already been seen by scores of people and generated attention from advertisers, which has caused some to question how such obviously hateful statements are allowed to pick up such momentum on the platform to begin with.