Saturday, January 28, 2023

New anti-Semitism abounds on social media in America

Washington. Hate and anti-Semitic speech, spoken by public figures and circulated on social networks, this Friday saw United States President Joe Biden strongly condemn anti-Semitism, experts said.

“Silence is complicity,” launched Joe Biden on Twitter.

“The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a diabolical figure. And instead of giving him a platform, our politicians should condemn and reject anti-Semitism,” he said.

The Democratic president spoke a day after he expressed his “love” for Nazis on hip hop and fashion mogul Kanye West’s podcast and 10 days after former President Donald Trump dined with West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, this The fact was strongly criticized by White. House and some members of the Republican Party.

Twitter suspended West’s account on Friday after he posted an image showing a swastika and the Star of David.

“I love Hitler,” West has said on several occasions, sparking anger among social media users.

These controversies highlight the uphill battle a new generation is up against meme And conspiracy theories, such as those about the QAnon community, Jews, or Trump’s MAGA (Make America Great Again, Let’s Make America Great Again) movement, experts say.

The ADL’s Oren Segal said, “When you have celebrities promoting classic anti-Semitism, such as Kanye West, who has more followers on Twitter than the number of Jews on planet Earth, it’s going to make them part of the public discourse.” Used to be.” An organization that condemns hatred and antisemitism.

“That normalization is not something that just started when Kanye lost his mind. It’s something we’ve seen in public opinion, frankly, for a long time,” he recalled.

Oren Segal, Trumpism is a Major Factor

“If Trumpism is understood as the normalization of misinformation and conspiracy theories, then the normalization of anti-Semitism is not far off,” he said.

This has real consequences, such as the deadly attacks on synagogues in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Poway, California in 2018 and 2019.

Meanwhile, the fact that West and celebrities such as basketball star Kyrie Irving are African-American raised concerns about anti-Semitism being rampant in the community and among youth minorities.

Social networks have contributed to this by being able to easily protect and share any content, including hateful content.

Elon Musk’s messy acquisition of Twitter demonstrated how quickly any type of objectionable content can come back if a platform isn’t extremely diligent.

uncensored platform

Segal warned that the biggest problem is the “ecosystem” of algorithmic-based video servers like TikTok and mostly uncensored messaging and discussion forums like Telegram and Reddit, where global virtual communities are built around anti-Semitism.

“It’s just an environment online Toxic, where the most vulnerable people are getting to see their world is where I think we’re starting to see results,” explains Sehgal.

For Cheryl Greenberg, a professor at Trinity College, another problem is that anti-Semitism has faded in importance among young Americans, who are less knowledgeable about the Holocaust and more focused on the issues of other marginalized or oppressed groups. do, whether ethnic minorities or LGBT+.

The only answer, argues Greenberg, is to work more closely with other groups, including critics of Israel, to keep anti-Semitism at bay.

“It’s endless, because as soon as people forget, we go off the radar,” he laments.

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