A recent study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) found that the major social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok—failed to tackle antisemitism on their platforms letting hate prevail almost 84 percent of the time.
For six weeks (May 18 to June 29)—during and immediately following the recent war between Hamas and Israel—CCDH flagged 714 posts for review for their antisemitic nature. Those posts on the various platforms had 73 million impressions. The group said that content was removed or accounts deleted in less than one in six cases. Their Failure to Protect report was released Friday.
“This is not about algorithms or automation; our research shows that social media companies allow bigots to keep their accounts open and their hate to remain online, even when human moderators are notified. No one has a fundamental right to have an account on a social media platform to bully Jews or to spread hatred we know can end in serious offline harm,” Imran Ahmed, CEO of CCDH, said.
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The US-UK nonprofit group said the posts contained Holocaust denial claims, blood libel accusations, racist cartoon drawings of Jews, neo-Nazi propaganda, and antisemitic claims about “Jewish puppeteers” controlling the world. Facebook acted on only 10.9 percent of the CCDH complaints (the lowest response), and YouTube took action on 21.2 percent of the posts (the highest response).
Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube released statements saying they were working to end the antisemitic environment online. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, did not offer a direct comment.
“Current efforts by tech companies to moderate their platforms are clearly inadequate,” the CCDH report concluded. The organization recommended several actionable steps for the social media companies: hire and train moderators who specialize in targeting antisemitism and other hate speech, financially incentivize proper moderation of content, ban groups dedicated to antisemitism, and take action against antisemitic hashtags.