• Holocaust Distortions on Social Media After 10/7. The Antisemitic Mobilization

    Author(s):
    Gunther Jikeli (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945), Antisemitism, Middle East--Palestine, Hate, Twitter
    Item Type:
    Report
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/2fzf-rw91
    Abstract:
    Our analysis of Holocaust-related content on five social media platforms revealed the widespread presence of Holocaust denial and distortion. This study also highlighted how these distorted references to the Holocaust are being used to fuel antisemitism. The analysis found that platforms like X/Twitter and Truth Social consistently returned results that included Holocaust denial and distortions, while Gab and 4chan, with their predominantly far-right user bases, exhibited an even higher concentration of antisemitic and Holocaust denial messages. YouTube, on the other hand, employs algorithms that prioritize search results with predominantly informational videos about the Holocaust, but some of the comments were also antisemitic. The study also found a disturbing trend of increasing radicalism in antisemitic messages throughout October, including explicit calls for violence and mass murder. These findings underscore the urgent need for social media platforms to implement more effective measures to combat Holocaust denial and distortion, as the weaponization of these harmful narratives poses a significant threat to the preservation of historical truth and the promotion of tolerance, non-violence, and understanding.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
    License:
    All-Rights-Granted

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