84% of antisemitic posts on social media not acted upon

Social media platforms are failing to take down the vast majority of antisemitic posts, according to a new report by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH.)

After the organisation flagged hundreds of anti-Jewish posts in May and June via social media reporting tools, it found that 84 per cent were not acted upon.

The CCDH said that technology companies are failing to enforce their own community guidelines and consciously giving a “free pass” to antisemitic hatred and the increasing threat to the Jewish community.

Researchers collected and reported 714 antisemitic posts across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube over the two-month period, which had collectively been viewed at least 7.3 million times. Most were not acted upon by social media companies, with Facebook performing the worst, failing to act on 89 per cent of anti-Jewish posts.

Collectively, the platforms failed to act on 89 per cent of antisemitic conspiracy theories about 9/11, the Covid pandemic, and Jewish control of world affairs.

The social media sites took no action against 80 per cent of posts containing Holocaust denial, 74 per cent of posts alleging the blood libel, 70 per cent of antisemitic caricatures of Jewish people, and 70 per cent of neo-Nazi posts.

According to the report, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter allow hashtags used for antisemitic content such as #rothschild, #fakejews, and #killthejews that were used in posts identified by the research that gained over 3.3 million impressions.

The CCDH said that TikTok removes only 5 per cent of accounts that directly abuse Jewish users, for example by sending them messages denying the Holocaust.

“Social media companies must do better,” said the organisation. “Platforms must support, hire and train moderators to remove this hate and those platforms must be held accountable if they fail to remove this hate.”

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