A Historic First: Simon Wiesenthal Center Presents Digital Terrorism and Hate Report to Argentina Congress
April 16, 2021
Senior officials from the Simon Wiesenthal Center(SWC) presented the findings of it 2021 Digital Terrorism and Hate Project to the Congress of Argentina.
“We of course focused our attention not only on global trends on social media but also specific examples of the marketing of hate, violence and conspiracy theories that are blaming Jews and Asians for the Covid-19 pandemic,” noted Rabbi Abraham Cooper Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the SWC, a leading Jewish human Rights NGO. “We noted that while we are hopeful that the vaccines will ultimately defeat Covid-19, there is no known vaccine for history’s oldest virus—anti-Semitism”.
Rick Eaton, the Director of the SWC’s Digital Terrorism and Hate Project, noted that a key source of much of the hate emanated from Telegram: “Most of these companies have no discernible rules about how to deal with such postings, adding: “We watching at least 350 Telegram channels and are discovering more on daily basis.“
Rabbi Cooper urged Argentine legislators to convene hearings to evaluate what steps Social Media Giants are taking to degrade the online capabilities of bigots and to consider further action to tackle the growing problems of online hate and terrorism.
(Massa, Eaton, Cooper)
"Your institution has the job and the seriousness of preventing hate speech on social networks; to look at the violence in their origin, to avoid the permanent sowing of racism that were previously disseminated in pamphlets and today are delivered on social networks, which are our new communication media,” added Massa, President of the Deputy Chamber.
And he warned: “There is a difficulty in the democratic world: finding a limit between the concepts of freedom of expression and hate speech. Clearly, this institution (SWC) helps us to precisely focus, confront, and act in a way that helps eliminate hate speech while not harming freedom of expression.”
(Yedlin, Massa, Gelblung, Mouriño)
Dr. Ariel Gelblung, the SWC’s Latin American Director, said: "We take great pride that we are invited by the most important democratic institution in Argentina to present our 2021 Report, that will help our elected officials deal with those in our country trying to use social media to sow discord and hate.”
For full presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrY8aGXEazA&t=1296s
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