Don’t Let Social Media Become Haven for Anti-Semitic Hate

Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Strongly enforce policies meant to hinder spread of hate speech and disinformation.

A post claiming the Holocaust that took the lives of six million Jews was a hoax recently garnered half a million likes and shares on Facebook. Despite clearly violating the company’s hate speech policies concerning Holocaust denial, neither the post nor its originator were barred from the global platform. According to a new report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, this troubling anecdote is hardly an isolated incident.

Across the six major social media outlets, this report found that only an average of 15 percent of anti-Semitic posts and disinformation were removed. In many cases, moderators had even been notified of offenders who blatantly violated company policies. The hateful posts included everything from Holocaust denial to conspiracy theories about Jews and COVID-19 to targeted attacks against prominent Jewish public figures. While none of the companies emerged in a flattering light, Facebook was the worst at combating anti-Semitism with only nine percent of material or spreaders taken from the site.

Sign the petition below to demand this world-wide influencer better protect consumers from dangerous disinformation and hateful speech.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

A concerning report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate has once again put Facebook under a negative spotlight.  The report ranked Facebook dead-last in major social media platforms who enforced their own hate speech policies regarding anti-Semitism. Your acquisition Instagram did not fare much better.

The reach of both these entities is undeniable. One post alone promoting Holocaust denial garnered half a million likes and shares in a short period of time. In a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook said the company will “continue to take significant action” in fighting anti-Semitism. The so-called “significant action” has never really begun, however. You may implement all the policies you want, but these rules mean nothing in the absence of meaningful enforcement. The lack of accountability directed toward disinformation and its eager spreaders is essentially a free pass for the proliferation of these cancers of the Internet.

Facebook has a responsibility to the consumers who made it a juggernaut. Please do a much better job at protecting these consumers from destructive, hateful propaganda and dangerous, potentially deadly disinformation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Brett Jordan 


2 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Hate speech and misinformation in any form MUST be removed and those who post it PERMANENTLY BANNED from Facebook.

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