UNESCO and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) announced that they have partnered with the social network TikTok to counter online Holocaust denial on Thursday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
While 17% of content posted on TikTok related to this issue denies or distorts the Holocaust, its users interested in the subject will now see
a banner appearing "at the top of their search results inviting them to visit the CJM site and UNESCO: www.aboutholocaust.org
,” the UN agency said in a statement.
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If users search for Holocaust-related terms that do not follow TikTok's Community Guidelines, the platform will ban the search results and instead display the same banner inviting them to consult CJM's online educational resources and of Unesco
", according to this text.
www.aboutholocaust.org informs in 19 languages about the Holocaust, the genocide in 1939-1945 of six million European Jews by the Nazis and their supporters.
Young people “
particularly vulnerable to misinformation
Denying, distorting or trivializing the facts relating to the Holocaust is a pernicious form of modern anti-Semitism
", noted the director general of Unesco Audrey Azoulay, who welcomed
" of TikTok.
The platform "
is known for its ability to reach young people, most of whom are unaware of the horrors of the Holocaust and are particularly vulnerable to misinformation
," observed CJM President Ronald S. Lauder.
Hateful behavior is incompatible with the inclusive environment of TikTok
," reacted Liz Kanter, a leader of TikTok in Europe, in the same press release.
Last year, Unesco and the WJC signed a similar partnership with Facebook.
Since then, aboutholocaust.org has been viewed more than 400,000 times in more than 100 countries.
According to an assessment by Unesco, on Facebook, some 11% of posts relating to the Holocaust in English, 10% in German and 9% in French are denials or distortions of facts.
The UN General Assembly adopted in mid-January by consensus a non-binding resolution proposed by Israel calling on all states to fight against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, especially on social networks.