Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Tehran on Feb 25, 2019. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to CyberWell founder and executive director Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor, Meta has made a series of important and impactful steps to try to address online antisemitism and pro-terror content in the last few weeks.

CyberWell is an innovative tech nonprofit focused on monitoring for and combatting the spread of antisemitism on social media, reporting it to platform moderators based on the platform’s community standards guidelines it violates.

Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor shared: “Meta made a series of important and impactful steps to try to address online antisemitism and pro-terror content in the last few weeks.

One was de-platforming Khamenei from Instagram and Facebook. The second one was taking a closer examination at how the word Zionist/s is being used as anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli codeword to promote antisemitism.

CyberWell has identified several major narratives leveraged against “Zionists” that are rooted in classic Jew-hatred including that they ‘purposefully’ target and kill children because of “who they are” (rooted in the blood libel of Simon of Trent), that they are pigs or the sons of monkeys and pigs – often coupled with classically anti-Jewish imagery, and that the Zionist are in some worldwide power conspiracy theory or covertly running governments all around the world.

Many of these antisemitic narratives are not comprehensively captured by the existing community standards, and certainly not captured by content moderation enforcement in practice at Meta.

CyberWell supports Meta in their decision to reexamine these policies in an effort to combat the proliferation of online racism and hate during a historic high of antisemitism in climate and crime.

The fringe groups that made statements against the initiative taken by Meta do not represent the majority of Jews, nor how they are experiencing antisemitism.

Unfortunately, their criticisms are also not rooted in any effort to stem the spread of Islamophobia either.”

CyberWell’s recent report on Oct. 7 denial promulgated through social media can be found at: https://cyberwell.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Denial-of-October-7-Social-Media-Trend-Alert-CyberWell.pdf.

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