SWC Bemoans Twitter’s Policies Enabling Massive Targeting of Israel

July 17, 2023

According to a new report titled “Antizionism, Antisemitism and The Polarization Pendulum,” which was presented at Israel’s Knesset, Twitter users accuse the Jewish state of violating human rights more frequently than any other country.

The study carried out by the Ruderman Family Foundation and the nonprofit Network Contagion Research Institute analyzed around 100 million tweets posted between 2020 and 2022. It found that Israel is the target of such accusations 12 times more than China, 38 times more than Iran, 55 times more than Russia and 111 times more than North Korea.

In April, Germany’s Federal Justice Office launched proceedings against Twitter, claiming the company has failed to deal adequately with illegal content. This includes hate speech, personal threats, defamation, and anti-Semitism.

“What should we learn from this statistic? #1. Social media giants are still more concerned about monetizing hate speech and fake news than blocking bigotry. Twitter can stop the demonization of the Jewish state. #2. Defenders of the Jewish nation are not as well organized as our enemies are,” declared SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action, Rabbi Abraham Cooper.

For further information, please email Michele Alkin, Director of Global Communications at malkin@wiesenthal.com or Shawn Rodgers at srodgers@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization numbering over 400.000 members. It holds consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the OAS, and the Latin American Parliament (PARLATINO).


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