On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, UNESCO and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) have launched a new partnership with the online platform TikTok to address Holocaust distortion and denial. Users looking for Holocaust-related terms will be directed to verified information
. Platforms are taking effective action to stem this damaging trend.The Center for the War on Digital Hate said in August last year, 84% of the antisemitic content reported to social media companies was allowed to remain on their platforms.According
to UN and UNESCO data, 17% of Holocaust-related content in TikTok denied The Holocaust. Faced with this problem, the platform decided to operate by using the expertise of UNESCO and the WJC.
From today, TikTok users looking for Holocaust-related terms, such as 'Holocaust victims' or 'Holocaust survivors', will see a banner at the top of their search results that invites them to visit the WJC and UNESCO website. They will receive information about their search results, and an identical banner will be displayed inviting them to visit the WJC and UNESCO online education website.
The AboutHolocaust.org website, co-hosted by the WJC and UNESCO, presents the facts of the Holocaust in 19 different languages, educating readers on the historical roots of genocide, its processes and consequences.
UNESCO will be part of the calculation project,
"Denial, distortion or triviality of the true facts of the Holocaust is a vicious form of contemporary anti-Semitism. We welcome TikTok's commitment to work with UNESCO and the WJC. All online platforms must take responsibility for spreading hate speech by promoting credible sources of information, "said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.
" "TikTok is known for its ability to reach a younger audience, many of whom have no information about the horrors of the Holocaust and are particularly sensitive to misinformation. We welcome the platform that takes responsibility and leverages its reach to stop the spread of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial," Ronald s. Lauder.
"We believe that education plays a critical role in ending hatred, which is why we are proud to work with the World Jewish Congress and UNESCO to help people learn about the Holocaust and understand their role in the war on contemporary anti-Semitism.
"Hate behavior is inconsistent with TikTok's inclusive environment, and we will continue to do our utmost to keep our platform in a hate-free place, while harnessing TikTok's power to educate our community," said Liz Canter, Director of Public Relations, UK, Ireland and Israel.
Holocaust Remembrance Museum Vienna, Austria.
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Holocaust misinformation and antisemitic conspiracy theories have risen dramatically on social media platforms since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Widespread ignorance in the history of the Holocaust exacerbates the problem.
A 2020 study reported that 41% of young Americans believe two million or less, rather than 6 million Jews, were killed.
In France, 69% of millennial and Z respondents did not know the correct figure, and in Austria 58% of respondents in the same age group did not know it.
A year ago, UNESCO and the WJC signed a similar partnership with Facebook. Since then, AboutHolocaust.org has been accessed nearly 400,000 times from more than 100 countries.
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