ADL survey says 10 billion people involved in anti-Semitic tweets

NEW YORK, U.S. - Shrouded in multiple controversies, the United States Presidential election is said to have witnessed a demonic rise in anti-Semitic hate tweets over the last few ...


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NEW YORK, U.S. - Shrouded in multiple controversies, the United States Presidential election is said to have witnessed a demonic rise in anti-Semitic hate tweets over the last few months. 

The report by the Anti-Defamation League suggested that over 2.6 million tweets were found to have anti-Semitic language during August, 2015 and July, 2016. 

With a long history of battling anti-Semitism, ADL set up a task force in June to identify tweets that were made to the journalists online. 

ADL used a broad set of keywords to record anti-Semitic language on Social media sites and found millions of tweets with over 10 billion expressions.  

The survey suggests that accounts which posted such tweets are likely linked to Donald Trump supporters, white and right-wing extremists. Anti-Semitic tweets or trolls also targetted ten eminent Jewish journalists that include the likes of columnist Ben Shapiro, Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg CNN’s Sally Kohn and Jake Tapper, and The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman. 

A staggering 83 percent of the anti-Semitic trolls targeted the mentioned reporters. 

In a statement, ADL chief executive Jonathan A Greenblatt said, “The spike in hate we’ve seen online this election cycle is extremely troubling and unlike anything we have seen in modern politics. A half century ago, the KKK burned crosses. Today, extremists are burning up Twitter. We are concerned about the impact of this hate on the ability of journalists to do their job and on free speech, which is why we established this Task Force. We hope this report hastens efforts to combat the surge of hate on social media. We look forward to working with Twitter, media companies, and other online platforms to limit hate and harassment and preserve freedom of speech.”

Twitter has so far banned just 21 percent of the 1,600 accounts which spread hate trolls. But people have complained that Twitter doesn’t take necessary action to prevent such hatred. 

In a recent instance WNYC journalist Matt Katz reported a hate tweet but Twitter refused to take action. 

Katz tweeted, “@twitter says "coming 4 jew" & "better lock ur door" from "SkinheadNeoNazi" is NOT a "violent threat" nor "abusive behavior." Why, @jack?

Although the site’s policy bans tweets which “promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of religion” however, even when pointed out, the micro-blogging site has often been accused of failing to take action and such things have also been recorded on Facebook. 

 

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