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At Sweden summit, social media giants urged to act against ‘rife’ antisemitism

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15.10.2021

MALMO, Sweden (AFP) — Social media giants were urged to take action on Wednesday to stem “rife” online antisemitism during an international conference in Sweden focused on the growing amount of hatred published on many platforms.

The Swedish government invited social media giants TikTok, Google and Facebook along with representatives from 40 countries, the United Nations and Jewish organizations to the event designed to tackle the rising global scourge of antisemitism.

Sweden hosted the event in the southern city of Malmo, which was a hotbed of antisemitic sentiment in the early 2000s but which during World War II welcomed Danish Jews fleeing the Nazis and inmates rescued from concentration camps in 1945.

“What they see today in social media is hatred,” World Jewish Congress head Ronald Lauder told the conference.

Google told the event, officially called the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Anti-Semitism, that it was earmarking five million euros ($5.78 million) to combat antisemitism online.

“We want to stop hate speech online and ensure we have a safe digital environment for our citizens,” said French President Emmanuel Macron in a pre-recorded statement.

European organizations accused tech companies of “completely failing to address the issue”, saying antisemitism was being repackaged and disseminated to a........

© The Times of Israel


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