At least 4.2 million anti-Semitic messages found their way to Twitter in the time span of one year, an Anti-Defamation League report stated on Monday. The ADL CEO said in a statement that the report shows that people are still “using Twitter as a megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews.”
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The Anti-Defamation League has found that Twitter users uploaded at least 4.2 million English-language anti-Semitic messages during the time span of one year. In a report released on Monday, the NGO said that the weekly average of anti-Semitic tweets between January 29, 2017, and January 28, 2018, was 81,400.
According to the report, the week in which the highest number of anti-Semitic tweets was recorded was Week 45, between December 3 and 9. A total of 181,700 anti-Semitic tweets were uploaded during this week, which was when US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and promised to move the American embassy to the city. “‘Trump’ and ‘Jerusalem’ appeared in our results a significant number of times that week,” the ADL stated in the report.
The report also noted that there were high numbers of anti-Semitic tweets recorded in Weeks 42 (November 12 through 18) and 52 (January 22 through 28), although no specific events could be linked to these weeks.
“This new data shows that even with the steps Twitter has taken to remove hate speech and to deal with those accounts disseminating it, users are still spreading a shocking amount of anti-Semitism and using Twitter as a megaphone to harass and intimidate Jews,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.