Twitter being weaponized as 4 million anti-Semitic Tweets posted in 2017, ADL reports

Source: Haaretz

Report highlights uptick in anti-Semitic tweets in months when white supremacists held rally in Charlottesville and President Donald Trump announced decision to move U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen.
The Twitter application is seen on a phone screen.Thomas White/ REUTERs

There were over 4 million anti-Semitic tweets posted on Twitter in 2017 from at least 3 million different user accounts, according to a new report released Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.

The ADL counted 4.2 million such tweets, despite previous verbal assurances by the social media company that it would be tackling racist content on its platform. The report measured mostly tweets posted in English. The ADL noted that many of the offending tweets were later deleted by Twitter for violating its terms of service.

When examining the anti-Semitic tweets on a month-by-month basis, the report highlighted a clear uptick in anti-Semitic tweets in August 2017 – the month when violent, far-right demonstrations took place in Charlottesville, Virginia. Another peak period was December 2017, when President Donald Trump announced his plan to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. It’s not clear if these developments were directly related to each other.

The organization said it recognized that Twitter has taken some steps to push back against anti-Semitism, but that those moves haven’t been efficient enough to stop the spread of hateful content on the platform.

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