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Twitter Leads Social Media in Anti-Semitic Posts

Douglas A. McIntyre

During a period when hate messages have swept onto social media, a new study shows that the leader in the anti-Semitic category of posts on social media sites Twitter is (TWTR). And its lead over other social media is considerable. Twitter has become a hot bed of political comments, and a battleground among a large number of religious and political groups, many of them extreme.

The World Jewish Congress

...has found that more than 382,000 anti-Semitic posts were posted to social media platforms over the course of 2016 – an average of more than 43.6 posts per hour, or one post every 83 seconds.

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The report added:

The WJC research analyzed tens of millions of posts in 20 languages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, blogs and other forums. After Twitter, the highest number of anti-Semitic posts online can be found on blogs, at 16 percent. Eleven percent of anti-Semitic content online was posted to Facebook, followed by Instagram with 6 percent, YouTube with 2 percent, and 2 percent on other forums.

Facebook (FB) is the largest social media company in the world with 1.9 billion users. Twitter has just over 300,000.

Social media companies have tried to screen for and remove a wide array of objectionable comments, many of them hate based. However, the process is complex and difficult to implement as Alphabet's (GOOGL) YouTube video operations has found. Many large advertisers have quit the site because their messages are placed next to controversial videos.

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The criteria used to determine whether a post was anti-Semitic was based on International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s May 2016 definition that “anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

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