ADL Asks Congress for Online Hate Speech Laws


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ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt asked a House committee on Wednesday to pass new laws against hate speech online and especially online.

Greenblatt told the House Committee on Homeland Security that a wave of antisemitic violence that has rocked American Jewry over the past year is partially the result of racist incitement on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

The Times of Israel reports him saying, “It’s long overdue for the social media companies to step up and shut down the neo-Nazis on their platforms.”

“Companies like Twitter and Facebook need to apply the same energy to protecting vulnerable users that they apply to protecting their corporate profits,” he said.

One of the laws Greenblatt recommended was the yet to be passed Online Safety Modernization Act, which is intended to combat internet harassment.

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