A new government policy paper released on Thursday titled “The Hate Factor,” presented new initiatives to fight against antisemitism on social media.
The document, formulated by the Strategic Affairs Ministry and Diaspora Affairs Ministry, calls on social media companies to label anti-Semitic content posted on their sites. It also called for new training for content monitors about antisemitism in order to combat online anti-Jewish hate speech.
It notes that social media companies’ policy on hate speech does not specifically address antisemitism. The document specifically points to a series of anti-Semitic tweets by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as an instance where its labeling policy on hate speech or false content was inconsistent.
It also calls for social media companies to “be more transparent in the ways their algorithms slow virality of hate speech,” saying that doing so would “clarify to users that such content will not become viral.”
The policy paper recommends that social media companies adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism when determining if content is anti-Semitic. It states that even if such content does not violate company hate speech rules, the IHRA definition could still be used to label anti-Semitic content.