A man takes pictures of "hate tweets", a part of the art project "#HEYTWITTER" created by Shahak Shapira, outside Twitter office in Hamburg, Germany August 4, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Youtube via REUTERS

Shahak Shapira painted 30 anti-Semitic, homophobic, Islamophobic, and racist tweets outside the company’s German headquarters in Hamburg. The Berlin-based performer, who is Jewish, reported around 300 tweets to the company but the majority were not removed. A YouTube video has emerged showing the man stenciling 30 tweets which include statements that are homophobic, xenophobic and involve holocaust denial.

“If Twitter forces me to see these things, then they’ll have to see them too,” said Shapira in the video titled “#HeyTwitter”. The nine responses he got from Twitter said the tweets did not violate the site’s rules, the report added.He described the comments as “not just plain insults or jokes, but absolutely serious threats of violence”.“Germany needs a final solution to Islam,” read one of the tweets.“Let’s gas the Jews,” says another, in reference to the Nazis’ murder of six million Jews during World War Two. Shapira applauded Facebook which, in contrast, removed 80 per cent of the comments he had reported during the same six-month period.


“I selected some of the tweets they didn’t delete, and then came to Hamburg to put them in front of Twitter’s office,” he said. “Tomorrow they will have to see the Tweets they were so happy to ignore.”