Bloomberg: Twitter Sued in Germany Over Vetting of Anti-Semitic Posts

Bloomberg: Twitter Sued in Germany Over Vetting of Anti-Semitic Posts. “Twitter Inc. was hit by a lawsuit in Germany by an anti-hate speech organization and a European group of Jewish students in a bid to force the platform to remove antisemitic content. HateAid and the European Union of Jewish Students filed the suit against Twitter to require the platform to clarify basic obligations when moderating criminal content, according to a statement on Wednesday.”

WIRED: Here’s Proof Hate Speech Is More Viral on Elon Musk’s Twitter

WIRED: Here’s Proof Hate Speech Is More Viral on Elon Musk’s Twitter. “For the months prior to Musk’s takeover, the researchers deemed just one tweet out of the three top 20 lists to be actually hateful, in this case against Jewish people. The others were either quoting another person’s hateful remarks or using the relevant key words in a non-hateful way. In the weeks after Musk took over Twitter, the same analysis found that hateful tweets became much more prominent among the most popular tweets with potentially toxic language.”

CBC: Antisemitic conspiracies are rampant online. Students, experts share how to combat them

CBC: Antisemitic conspiracies are rampant online. Students, experts share how to combat them. “As events marking Holocaust Education Week get underway, CBC News talked to students and experts about antisemitism facing young people in online spaces today, and the need for better education to help navigate harmful and pervasive misinformation in these social spheres.”

Washington Post: Musk appeasement of Putin and China stokes fears of new Twitter policies

Washington Post: Musk appeasement of Putin and China stokes fears of new Twitter policies. “The person most likely to own Twitter next month has proposed solving the war in Ukraine by letting Russia keep territory, won praise from a top Chinese diplomat for suggesting China take control of Taiwan, and welcomed a widely followed celebrity back to Twitter who had just had his Instagram account suspended for threatening Jews — all within the past week. Billionaire industrialist Elon Musk’s moves have heightened alarm about what he will do with Twitter, which he has faulted for being too restrictive about legal but false or hateful speech.”

WFMJ: Digitized Holocaust survivor testimonies available on Youngstown Jewish Federation Website

WFMJ: Digitized Holocaust survivor testimonies available on Youngstown Jewish Federation Website. “Newly digitized recordings of the testimonials of Holocaust survivors are now available on the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation’s website. The Federation’s Jewish Community Relations Council teamed up with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society to digitize numerous analog audio and video recordings of these testimonies contained in the Dr. Saul Friedman Collection.”

The Conversation: There is a lot of antisemitic hate speech on social media – and algorithms are partly to blame

The Conversation: There is a lot of antisemitic hate speech on social media – and algorithms are partly to blame. “Scholar Sophie Schmalenberger found that antisemitism is expressed not just in blunt, hurtful language and images on social media, but also in coded forms that may easily remain undetected. For example, on Facebook, Germany’s radical right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD, omits the mentioning of the Holocaust in posts about the Second World War. It also uses antisemitic language and rhetoric that present antisemitism as acceptable.”

University of Oxford: UN report: Oxford analysis reveals up to half of Holocaust-related content on Telegram denies or distorts facts

University of Oxford: UN report: Oxford analysis reveals up to half of Holocaust-related content on Telegram denies or distorts facts . “Distortion and Holocaust denial is present on all social media platforms, but moderation and education can significantly reduce this, according to a landmark report today from UNESCO and the United Nations, supported by analysis by researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute.”

Robert Lansing Institute: Russia Targets the “Jewish Lobby” and Communities with Anti-Ukraine Disinformation

Robert Lansing Institute: Russia Targets the “Jewish Lobby” and Communities with Anti-Ukraine Disinformation. “A recent story about the alleged looting and attacks on Jewish community members in Zhytomyr in the wake of their attempts to leave the country for Israel was quickly debunked by the local Chabad chapter, but not before making the rounds on social media and in Jewish activist circles…. Fact checking by Chabad afterwards revealed that there were no multiple victims of alleged looting, attacks, and harassment. The entire scenario was a fabrication. But this is not the first time Russian propaganda machinery has targeted the Jewish community with fictitious accounts of Ukrainian street brutality or the government’s alleged failure to protect them.”

Times of Israel: ADL develops algorithm to track antisemitism on social media

Times of Israel: ADL develops algorithm to track antisemitism on social media. “When it comes to antisemitism on social media, the algorithms governing the major platforms shoulder some of the blame for their reach. But the Anti-Defamation League hopes to fight the spread — by creating an algorithm of its own. The Jewish civil rights group announced Tuesday that it has built a system called the Online Hate Index, describing it as the first tool ever developed to measure antisemitism on social media platforms. The program can sift through millions of posts quickly to detect antisemitic comments and aid in their removal.”