FBI tweets link to antisemitic text; President Trump refuses to condemn QAnon; Holocaust-denial still not recognized as hate speech by Facebook

  • August 20, 2020
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An FBI Twitter account tweeted out a link to a PDF containing the antisemitic “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” as well as FBI documents related to it, with no other context. President Trump on Wednesday offered encouragement to proponents of QAnon, a viral and dangerous conspiracy theory. According to a new study, Facebook “actively promotes further Holocaust-denial content to that user” and “has been unwilling to recognize Holocaust denial as a form of hate speech against Jews.”

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1) FBI Criticized for Tweeting Link to Antisemitic ‘Protocols of The Learned Elders of Zion’

“For more than a century, the fabricated text ‘The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion’ has advanced a persistent anti-Semitic trope: that Jews are plotting to take over the world. From Hitler to Henry Ford, rabid anti-Semites have long shared the notorious text.” The Washington Post: READ MORE

+ ADL Resource: The FBI “Shared” Antisemitic Protocols on Twitter

+ ADL Resource: A Hoax of Hate: The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion

2) President Trump Fails to Condemn QAnon Conspiracy Theory When Asked by Presa

“QAnon is a larger and many-tentacled version of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton was operating a child sex-trafficking ring out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant. In December 2016, a man who said he was on the hunt for proof of child abuse was arrested after firing a rifle inside the restaurant.” The New York Times: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Condemning this should not be difficult. It’s dangerous when a leader refuses to do so & wonders if what they are doing is ‘a good thing.’”

+ ADL Resource: QAnon Conspiracies on Facebook Could Prompt Real-World Violence

3) Report: Facebook Doesn’t ‘Recognize Holocaust Denial’ As Anti-Jewish Hate Speech

 “The findings show that not only is Holocaust-denial content available on Facebook, but the social-media network actively lists it through the site’s algorithm. Through a ‘snowball’ method that allows content that starts out with little visibility to become viral, ‘when a user follows public pages containing Holocaust-denial content, Facebook actively promotes further Holocaust-denial content to that user.’” JNS.org: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: “Holocaust Denial is a despicable, antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews hoaxed the entire world and @ISDglobal's research reinforces what we know to be true: Facebook not only profits off hate, they amplify and recommend it.”

+ ADL Resource: Facebook Has a Holocaust Denial Problem

+ NEW ADL Resource: Extremists are Using a Range of Techniques to Exploit TikTok