92% of Recent Tweets Using Term ‘Zionist’ Contained Antisemitic Rhetoric, Data Analysis Shows
Of all tweets published in the first three weeks of March using the term “Zionist,” 92% contained antisemitic rhetoric, according to a data analysis conducted by the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) in partnership with the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI).
The study was based on a randomized sample of 100 tweets out of 47,143 “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, 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:
Hatred disseminated online can have devastating real-world consequences for Jewish communities across the globe. At a time when Jews are facing rising threats, Twitter must do more to root out antisemitism from its platform.
Three examples from the sampled tweets follow:
While dangerous forms of antisemitism are proliferating on other social media platforms, the center, in partnership with the Network Contagion Research Institute, is currently only analyzing data from Twitter.