Sunday, September 23, 2018

(JNS) A new report from the Anti-Defamation League found that there were roughly 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in 2017 shared by more than 3 million users.

“This new data shows that even with the steps Twitter has taken to remove hate speech and to deal with those accounts disseminating it, users are still spreading a shocking amount of anti-Semitism, and using Twitter as a megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement.

The ADL report, using a data set of roughly 55,000 tweets screened by researchers for indications of anti-Semitism, evaluated the tweet based on subjects ranging from Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic slurs to positive references to anti-Semitic figures, books and podcasts. The organization also counted coded words and symbols such as the triple parentheses, which has been used by white supremacists to single out Jews.

Nevertheless, the anti-Semitic accounts constitute less than 1 percent of Twitter’s some 336 million active users.

“We hope this report will create a renewed sense of urgency among all social-media providers that this problem is not going away, and that they need to find innovative new ways to tamp down the spread of hatred online,” said Greenblatt.

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