Young people are exposed to “prevailing” anti-social content on social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, according to a report, which warned that “a new generation” was being introduced to racist ideas, which are being used by people in the community. They would not have had to face offline.
The campaign group Hope Not Hate said it found the use of antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories increased dramatically online during the pandemic, including on Reddit.
The researchers said the “millions” of hashtag results were associated with harmful content that included platforms such as Instagram and TikTok.
The report’s authors said the three antisemitic hashtags garnered more than 25 million views on TikTok in half a year.
Although Telegram, Parlor and 4chan had the most extreme antitrust sentiment, Hope Not Hate warned that millions of young people watch similar content on the more popular social media channels.
The organization said that nearly 70 percent of Instagram users are under the age of 34, while 69 percent of TikTok users are between 16 and 24.
Hope Not Hate’s Joe Mulhall said social media is allowing anti-Semitism to “throw with tragic and long-lasting effects”.
“It’s amazing that despite 10 years of efforts to eradicate hate speech, we were able to do an investigation on every social media platform,” he said.
“While social media companies struggle to get their act together, a new generation of social media users have been introduced to anti-Semitic views that are unlikely to be found elsewhere.”
He said that “enough is enough”, and stressed that the tech sector has a duty to ban all forms of antisemitism.
In response to the report, a TikTok spokesperson said the platform condemned anti-Semitic sentiment and was working “aggressively to combat hate” by removing accounts and content.
“We will continue to strengthen our tools to fight anti-Semitic material,” he said.
A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “Anti-Semitism is completely unacceptable and we do not allow it anywhere on Instagram.
“We have always removed attacks against people on the basis of their religion, and last year we made significant updates to our policies, to remove any content that discredits or distorts the Holocaust, as well as more implicit hate speech. language, such as the harmful stereotypes that the Jewish people control the world.
“We will continue to work with partners like Hope Not Hate, while developing new ways to remove hateful content and block harmful hashtags more quickly.”
German and Swedish anti-hate groups supported Hope Not Hate with research by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the Expo Foundation.
Its publication came shortly after the rise of hate crimes in Britain reaching an all-time high.
More than 124,000 hate crimes were reported in England and Wales in the 12 months to March, a 9 percent increase from the previous year’s record.
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