Hate on Facebook

March 21, 2013 by  
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The Online Hate Prevention Institute has released a major new report into antisemitism on Facebook to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st 2013.

Hitleranne frankThe new report tracks the response to a number of antisemitic items on Facebook. Some of the items were included in OHPI’s previous report in 2012 into Aboriginal Memes and Online Hate, others are new in 2013. The report shows hwo some items are removed by Facebook while others remain online, some for more than 6 months. The report examines what Facebook removes and what sort of content Facebook does not consider hate speech and refuses to remove. The findings show that Facebook does not really understand antisemitism and has trouble recognizing certain very well known types of antisemitism.

The report shows Facebook has difficulty identifying racism directly based on Nazi propaganda; consistently refusing to recognize as hate speech pages promoting the famous antisemitic forgery used to inspire mass killings, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion; and failing to take action on new antisemitism which uses Holocaust inversion to paint Israel and Jews as Nazis. These blind spots can be added to the known difficulty Facebook has in recognizing Holocaust denial as Hate Speech.

plagueOHPI’s CEO, Dr Andre Oboler, explains: “The items that remain online are there as a result of a deliberate decision by Facebook to dismiss the concerns that have been expressed to them over these items. Having shared an early draft of our new report with Facebook at the start of February, none of the items discussed in this report should take Facebook by surprise.  The decision not to take action on certain types of content, like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, is clearly a matter of Facebook policy, and not an isolated mistake by junior staff.”

Dr Andre Oboler

Dr Andre Oboler

On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, OHPI is please to share this important work with the public, disappointed such hate still exists, and hopeful that our recommendation can help make a difference if Facebook chooses to adopt them.

The report and further information is available at: http://ohpi.org.au/recognizing-hate-speech-antisemitism-on-facebook/

The Online Hate Prevention Institute was established in January 2012 as a dedicated organisation to combat online hate and to reduce the emotional and physical harm that such hate can cause. OHPI is incorporated as an Australian Public Company limited by guarantee and had been admitted to the Register of Harm Prevention Charities maintained by the Australian Government.



One Response to “Hate on Facebook”
  1. Liat Nagar says:

    An exclamation mark is not required after the sentence informing us that the Facebook founder is a Jew – there are many Jews who make public their problems with their own heritage by turning against it with vilification and lies, so if the founder of Facebook is one of them, add him to the list. However, we cannot assume anything about Zuckerberg based on the fact that he founded Facebook. The founder is not necessarily responsible for what something becomes, for example, do we blame the scientists who made the hydrogen bomb possible for its end use in Japan?

    As for your own comments on Jews, at first on reading I thought this must be working its way towards some sort of joke. But, no. If you’re Jewish ‘add yourself to the list’ mentioned above; if you’re not, you’re displaying your ignorance and your own racism: you give yourself away with your own description of what you think Jews do and say, and why. Perhaps you could write your own version of ‘Protocol of the Elders”.

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