ADL Finds Twitter Is Cesspool of Antisemitism

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The social media giant Twitter is a cesspool of antisemitism, the ADL discovered in a new report.

According to the veteran civil rights organization, there were over 4.2 million antisemitic tweets between January 2017-January 2018.

The study found that the major antisemitic themes are "Jews are greedy or that they control banks, media, governments and academia."

The group's CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement,

This new data shows that even with the steps Twitter has taken to remove hate speech and to deal with those accounts disseminating it, users are still spreading a shocking amount of antisemitism and using Twitter as a megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews.

We hope this report will create a renewed sense of urgency among all social media providers that this problem is not going away, and that they need to find innovative new ways to tamp down the spread of hatred online.

Algorithms and artificial intelligence will be key to identifying hate online, but human experts are needed to define the problem and, at least in the initial stages, to help the systems assess sentiment and eliminate false positives.

The study's methodology used

proprietary research strategies to evaluate Twitter for thousands of possible antisemitic expressions, including classic stereotypes, code words, symbols and conspiracy theories, and conducting a human review to scan for sarcasm or other non-antisemitic uses of such terms, the ADL’s Center on Extremism found that at least 4.2 million antisemitic tweets were shared or re-shared in English on Twitter over the 12-month period ending January 28, 2018.

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