80% of Tweets From Past Week Using Term ‘Zionist’ Contained Antisemitic Content or Tone, Data Analysis Shows
Of all tweets published in the past week (March 28-April 4) using the term “Zionist,” 80% contained antisemitic content or tone, according to a data analysis conducted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM).
The study was based on a randomized sample of 100 tweets out of 17,469 “hits.”
Manifestations of antisemitism found in the sampled tweets included Holocaust trivialization, denial of the historical ties of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, false allegations of Israeli “apartheid,” religious extremism (rooted in both Islamic and Christian fundamentalism), and numerous alt-right tropes.
The most popular related hashtags in tweets using the term “Zionist” can be viewed here:
Three examples from the sampled tweets follow:
While dangerous forms of antisemitism are proliferating on other social media platforms as well, the CAM Antisemitism Research Center is currently analyzing data from only Twitter, Reddit, and 4Chan.
Hatred disseminated online can have devastating real-world consequences for Jewish communities across the globe. At a time when Jews are facing rising threats, social media platforms must do more to monitor and remove antisemitic materials.