The Verge: Microsoft threatened to drop hosting for Gab over hate speech posts. “Microsoft has threatened to cease hosting services for the alt-right social network Gab over two anti-Semitic posts, according to an email published by Gab founder Andrew Torba. The email claims the posts violate Microsoft policy and requests that Gab ‘promptly take appropriate action to resolve the complaint…within two business days’ or hosting service will be suspended. If Gab is forced off Azure, Torba says service ‘will go down for weeks/months’ as the company secures a new provider.”
Boing Boing: Update: Faces of Auschwitz website is now live. “A while back, I wrote about Faces of Auschwitz: a website dedicated to telling the stories of the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp…. For the past few months, we’ve been hard at work preparing content for the site while the good people at WordPress built us a fabulous online home. This past week, it all came together. The Faces of Auschwitz website is now live.”
New Westminster Record: UK judge bans singer from social media over anti-Semitism. “A folk singer who posted videos on YouTube insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust has been banned from using social media. A judge at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court sentenced Alison Chabloz on Thursday to a 20-week suspended prison sentence, a year-long social media ban and community service.”
Snopes: Report: Millions of Tweets Spread Anti-Semitic Messages. “Millions of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews across the social media platform, according to a report Monday by the Anti-Defamation League…. In the new report, the group estimated that about 3 million Twitter users posted or re-posted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets in English over a 12-month period ending Jan. 28. The finding is based on a reviewed sample of 55,000 tweets and had a 3 percent margin of error, the report said.” This is an Associated Press story published on Snopes, not something Snopes is debunking.
Dallas News: Holocaust Museum project debunks myth that Americans weren’t aware of the plight of Jews in Nazi Germany. “Two years ago, in preparation for the exhibition, the museum launched a crowd-sourcing project, ‘History Unfolded.’ Museum staff asked students, teachers, librarians and history buffs across the country to research their local newspapers and determine what kind of information their communities could have read or heard about Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. With the help of hundreds of students and dedicated volunteers, the museum built an extensive online archive of American newspaper coverage of key Holocaust events, including more than 12,000 articles from every U.S. state. Each submission is important historical evidence.”
SBS News: Google slammed for anti-Semitic search results in Sweden. “Google on Monday said it was taking measures to address criticism against the internet giant for allowing the spread of anti-Semitic propaganda through various search results, which had triggered outrage in Sweden.”
The Daily Beast: YouTube Won’t Ban Neo-Nazi Group Chanting ‘Gas the K**kes, Race War Now’. “While social-media platforms like Twitter crack down on abuse from alt-right accounts, YouTube is defending hosting propaganda videos from extremist groups that have been kicked off other sites. Neo-Nazi groups like the Atomwaffen Division still have active YouTube presences, despite YouTube users reporting the videos for violating the site’s policies against hate speech. YouTube knows about the videos—and it’s keeping them up, the site told The Daily Beast.”