Simon Kent – March 26, 2017
Social media platforms spewed more than 382,000 anti-Semitic posts over the course of 2016 – an average of more than 43.6 posts per hour, or one post every 83 seconds, according to research by the World Jewish Congress (WJC). Sixty-three percent of all the anti-Semitic content found a megaphone on Twitter.
“We knew that anti-Semitism online was on the rise, but the numbers revealed in this report give us concrete data as to how alarming the situation really is,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer said in a statement. “We hope this serves as a wake-up call to all internet forums to maintain moral standards, rid themselves of offensive content, and make the digital world a safer place for all.”
The WJC research analyzed tens of millions of posts in 20 languages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, blogs and other forums. After Twitter, the highest number of anti-Semitic posts online can be found on blogs, at 16 percent.