October 21, 2018

ADL Poll: 68% of Israeli Teens Have Experienced Anti-Semitism on Social Media

A recent poll by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has found that 68 percent of Israelis in the age range of 15-18 years old have experienced anti-Semitism on social media platforms.

Nearly a quarter of the poll’s respondents claim to have seen anti-Semitic posts on either Facebook or Twitter once a month. Facebook was seen as the worst purveyor of anti-Semitism, as 58 percent of Israeli teens claim to have seen such content on Facebook, compared to 46 percent for YouTube, 43 percent for Instagram, and 26 percent for Twitter.

However, the aforementioned figures are a decline from a 2016 ADL poll finding that 84 percent of Israeli teens claiming to have seen anti-Semitism on the Internet and social media platforms and 76 percent seeing anti-Semitism on Facebook. ADL’s Israeli office director Carole Nuriel told the Jerusalem Post that the aforementioned declines are “encouraging.”

“Nevertheless, many Israeli teens are still coming across a great deal of anti-Semitic hatred on social networks,” Nuriel said. “There’s clearly still much work to be done by social networks to monitor, block and remove anti-Semitic content.”

The poll was conducted in March and has a margin of error 4.4 percent.

Back in January, Israel introduced technology that monitors anti-Semitic content online. The Lawfare Project has succeeded in taking down anti-Semitic content online thanks to their legal action.