Even in 2022: anti-Semitism on the Internet still exists (Photo: GettyImages)
The movement to fight anti-Semitism on the Internet is publishing today (Sunday) the data on the removal of anti-Semitic and Israel-hating content on the leading social networks for 2022. The data shows that Facebook is the most active social network in removing anti-Semitic content uploaded by its users following the reports of the association's volunteers.
At the bottom of the table, with a removal figure of only 5%, the relatively new social network, Gab, which was founded in 2016 as an alternative medium to Twitter and in 2022 removed only 17 anti-Semitic posts out of 341. According to the network's latest publications, over 10,000 people join it every hour.
Another alarming statistic comes from Twitter, where 3,431 anti-Semitic contents were monitored, and only 330 posts were removed (9.6% removal).
In VK, an online social network popular mainly among Russian speakers around the world, 856 anti-Semitic contents were detected and only 97 (11.3%) were removed.
And what's going on in Tiktok?
On the Chinese social network, the association's volunteers reported 63 contents, of which only 21 (33.3%) were removed.
The social network gab: in 2022, it removed only 17 anti-Semitic posts out of 341 (Photo: ShutterStock)
"It is worrying that a relatively new social network that is gaining momentum is the least responsive to reports of anti-Semitic content. Even in the name of 'freedom of expression', limits must be placed on what is allowed and what is not allowed in the space," says Tomer Eldubi, CEO and founder of the movement to combat anti-Semitism online
. Anti-Semitic content that is distributed throughout the social network is like a loaded gun on a table that must be unloaded and removed immediately - otherwise, unfortunately, someone will shoot it.
We have often seen the heavy price that hatred in general and anti-Semitism in particular exacts.
We are constantly working to monitor and remove content and I hope that the rating of the most report-friendly networks of the Movement to Combat Anti-Semitism on the Internet will help us encourage them to take action to remove any anti-Semitic advertising," adds Tomer.
The association currently operates all over Israel (about 60% of volunteers from the Central District, about 16% from Haifa District, about
10% from South District, about 8% from North District and others from other districts), in cooperation with local authorities, divisions
Intermediate and high schools, higher education institutions and civil society organizations, such as the Israel Internet Association,
the CAM movement and others.
The association's volunteers manually monitor manifestations of anti-Semitism on the social network in accordance with the working definition of anti-Semitism of the "International Alliance for the Preservation of Holocaust Remembrance" (IHRA) and the network's policy.
Since the establishment of the movement, tens of thousands of anti-Semitic content has been reported on ten leading social networks.