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Report: These social media platforms are the best at dispelling antisemitism and Holocaust denial

By: - January 27, 2021 4:43 pm

Wednesday marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. 

Known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the anniversary is honored every year with ceremonies across the globe and educational outreach efforts as the decades past, leaving few survivors to share their stories. 

This year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Anti-Defamation League or ADL, issued a ‘report card,’ grading each of the 10 major social media platforms on their efforts to address Holocaust-denying content on their respective platforms. 

“In recent years, content denying the Holocaust has appeared on an array of social media platforms, largely because those companies have not been nimble enough or taken the issue seriously,” ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement. “While some platforms have finally stepped up their efforts to stop the amplification of denial, others are still struggling to address antisemitism and Holocaust denial effectively. This is truly shameful at a time when antisemitic conspiracy theories are spreading globally, some outrageously based on the big lie that the Holocaust never happened.”

The report card found that Twitch, a live video streaming service ranked the highest, earning a ‘B.’ Twitch was the only ranked platform to earn that grade. 

Behind Twitch were four other platforms, including Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Roblox – all of which earned a ‘C’ for their efforts to address antisemitism and Holocaust-denying content. 

Four more social media platforms earned a ‘D’ rating, including Facebook and Instagram, Discord, Reddit and Steam. 

The ADL was able to grade the platforms using a combination of metrics that included evaluating publicly stated policies and enforcement efforts. 

To read more about the ADL’s methodology, the full report is available here. 

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