ADL Calls on Twitter to Remove Taliban Accounts; Yeshiva Student Fatally Shot in Denver; New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host Quits After Past Disparaging Remarks Revealed

  • August 20, 2021
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THE WEEK’S BIG 3
 

Following the Taliban’s ascent to power once again in Afghanistan, ADL called on Twitter, and other major social media platforms, to take immediate action to remove accounts affiliated with the organization given its long history of terrorist activity, violence and discrimination toward girls and women, assassinating journalists and persecuting religious and ethnic minorities. Four young men have been arrested for the fatal shooting of a Jewish student in Denver at the end of a violent crime spree. Mike Richards, who was named the new host of “Jeopardy!” last week, is leaving the role as the beloved game show confronts a roiling controversy over offensive and sexist comments he previously made on a podcast.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

  1. ADL Calls on Twitter and Other Platforms to Remove Taliban and Taliban-Affiliated Accounts

    “In accounts swelling across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — and in group chats on apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram — the messaging from Taliban supporters typically challenges the West’s dominant image of the group as intolerant, vicious and bent on revenge, while staying within the evolving boundaries of taste and content that tech companies use to police user behavior.” The Washington Post: FULL STORY

    + READ: ADL Statement Calling on Social Media Platforms to Take Action Against Taliban Accounts

    + WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNBC’s Squawk Box
     
  2. Yeshiva Student Fatally Shot in Denver

    “The victim, Shmuel Silverberg, 18, was an Orthodox Jew who was killed outside Yeshiva Toras Chaim, the religious school where he was studying. But police say that after arresting and interviewing four of the young men suspected of murdering him, it doesn’t appear that he was killed because he was Jewish.” JTA: READ MORE

    + ADL Mountain States: We are heartbroken over the fatal shooting of yeshiva student Shmuli Silverberg

    + ADL tweet: We commend the efforts of the Denver Police and their swift action in response to this murder. We send condolences to the friends, family and Yeshiva Toras Chaim community
     
  3. New ‘Jeopardy!’ Host, Mike Richards, Quits After Past Disparaging Remarks Revealed

    “A report in The Ringer this week unearthed past offensive, sexist, and antisemitic comments made by Mr. Richards on a podcast that led to denunciations from critics including the Anti-Defamation League.” The New York Times: LEARN MORE

    + ADL tweet: Stereotyping is an entry point to hate and his apology lacks acknowledgment of its harm. This reported pattern warrants an investigation.


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