Joint press release from: They Can’t (Jerusalem, Israel) and the Online Hate Prevention Institute (Melbourne, Australia).

  • Major new report into antisemitism in social media released by the Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI)
  • Report shows YouTube, the focus of They Can’t work, presents the largest challenge
  • They Can’t and OHPI announce stronger cooperation to tackle this threat

In a sample of over 2,000 items of antisemitic content 41% came from YouTube. After ten months in which YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter removed just 20% of the antisemitism, YouTube’s share of what remained had grown to 47%.

The new report provides a table of the take down rates for YouTube, Facebook and Twitter across four categories of antisemitism. Worryingly just 4% of antisemitism related to Israel has been removed by YouTube.

On International Holocaust Memorial Day, it is shocking to see from this report that 90% of the Holocaust denial content reported on YouTube remained online.

Dr Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute noted that, “without the efforts of They Can’t, who are constantly pushing YouTube to do better, the YouTube results in this report would no doubt be even worse”. They Can’t welcomed the new report calling it a “a major step forward in efforts to combat antisemitism”. They Can’t and OHPI will be working more closely in 2016 with a planned integration of OHPI’s FightAgainstHate.com reporting tool into They Can’t online presence. The tool was used to gather the data for this new report.

The full report is freely available at: http://ohpi.org.au/measuring-antisemitism/

They Can’t is an Israeli organisation (Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheyCant) and the Online Hate Prevention Institute is an Australian Charity (Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/onlinehate). Both are small specialised organisations supported through public donations: donate to They Can’t, donate to OHPI.