A new, simple yet impactful technological initiative calls for Jews – or anyone who is against hate speech and racism – to join a virtual community of individuals who combat antisemitism online.
In the wake of recent events and the significant global rise such antisemitism, two organizations – the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) and Fighting Online Antisemitism (FOA) – has launched a new portal called “Report It” to help people report and fight against antisemitic content online.
“Report It” is very simple: the idea is to easily learn how to report hateful content on the most popular social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube, in an easy and anonymous manner. Even without signing up, you can just go to their website and find recommendations of posts or content on social media platforms that you will be asked to report as hate speech or incitement.
One of the posts recommended for complaint on Tuesday is a Facebook post that claims “the jews killed Jesus… And they’re always stirring the trouble spot, like greedy spoiled greedy children.” A few clicks and this post can be reported.
“For too long, there was a sense of helplessness around the ubiquitous nature of antisemitism online and the average person did not think they could make a difference. This is now changing because now we fight not as individuals, but as a community. There is power in this to make the necessary change and for a feeling of agency in this fight.”CEO of CAM Sacha Roytman Dratwa
“The worst ethnicity is being a Jew,” one tweet said. “Hitler was right. Where is he when you need him? Free Palestine.”
The worst ethnicity is being a Jew. Hitler was right. Where is he when you need him !!! Free Palestine— Fabian Sanchez (@Fabianezmoney1) November 4, 2022
If these posts or tweets are reported by enough users, Report It heads think that they will be erased or blocked.
Reporting online antisemitism is important
“This new platform is a game-changer in the fight against online antisemitism, because it provides all the basic tools for anyone and everyone to report this hateful content and get it banned,” said CAM’s CEO of Sacha Roytman Dratwa.
“For too long, there was a sense of helplessness around the ubiquitous nature of antisemitism online – and the average person did not think they could make a difference,” he said. “This is now changing, because now we fight not as individuals, but as a community. There is power in this to make the necessary change and for a feeling of agency in this fight.
“We will be able to fight future antisemitic comments like those made by Kanye West and Kyrie Irving in a far quicker and more concerted manner, even if they have millions of followers,” Roytman Dratwa said.
Report It experts have explained that all antisemitic-monitored content will be documented and stored in a secure online database for future reference. As a result, reports on antisemitic trends around the world are documented. The organizations are also in direct collaboration with five social media platforms: YouTube Trusted Flaggers, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter PSP and TikTok CPC, to work at the highest levels against antisemitism.
“Online antisemitism has multiplied massively in recent years, and we are unfortunately seeing greater impunity on many major social media platforms for spreading hatred against Jews,” said CEO of FOA Tomer Aldubi.
“This immunity for hate must stop. All those who stand for fairness, tolerance and against racism, xenophobia and antisemitism must join together to make social media platforms a safer place for all,” Aldubi said. “Jews are being attacked from all sides, so we need as much help as possible. This platform will be the force aggregator as we fight back against online antisemitism.”