Antisemitism surged online during pandemic, European Commission report shows

Antisemitic content in French and German surged on major online platforms during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report published by the European Commission.

Researchers at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), an anti-extremism nonprofit, looked at content on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram and found a seven-fold increase of French-language antisemitic content in January and February this year, compared to the same time last year. In German, the researchers found a 13-fold increase of anti-Semitic content.

Antisemitic posts were liked, shared or commented on billions of times on the major platforms.

The European Union is working with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among others, to more actively take down harmful content and curb the spread of disinformation. Lawmakers are currently deliberating over a bill that would punish companies that don’t tackle harmful and illegal content on their platforms.


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