Anti-Semitic social posts are not taken down as problematic in most cases.

August 03, 2021 | 2 minutes read

A new report claims that major social media platforms fail to take down 80 percent of Anti-Semitic posts from their sites. 

The Center for Countering Digital Hatred (CCDH) said it reviewed and reported more than 700 posts containing “anti-jewish material” to invoke hatred which had been viewed 7.3 million times collectively. 

The research covered major social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Youtube. Facebook was the worst performer, CCDH said, failing to act on 89% of posts.

In the report which is by the name “Failure to Act”, CCDH accused the tech giants of being “safe places to spread racism and propaganda against Jews”.

A few months back when the Israel-Palestinian conflict was on the rise, many Palestinians and people raising voices for the Palestinians accused Instagram of the same. Instagram was allegedly taking down material from the accounts that were Pro-Palestinian. It was reported that the viewership of such videos and posts was also restricted by the tech giant. So, where do all these claims stand?

If the 700 posts in question were Anti-Semitic and violated social media platforms clear guidelines then why weren’t they taken down in the first place? This is a legitimate question being asked by the Center for Countering Digital Hatred and in no way the issue of Palestine is drawn to discredit the report but to highlight a simple contradiction.

There were videos all over the internet spewing hate against the Palestinians but no one made an effort to took those down whereas the variable remained the same. 

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CCDH head Imran Ahmed called for more stringent rules to be put in place by the social media tech giants. He asked to remove groups discussing Anti-Semitic conspiracies, offending hashtags, accounts spewing hatred, and called for legislation to make social media firms liable “in the same way as any other person”.