Tag: Facebook

  • Branding Facebook: Power and Impact

    When updating the Online Hate Prevention Institute’s Facebook page to announce the new report into antisemitism on Facebook,  OHPI were automatically offered the option of making the announcement a promoted post in return for paying Facebook a fee. Given the importance of the announcement, we opted to pay the fee. A short time late OHPI receivednotification from […]

  • Facebook’s blind spot to Antisemitism

    Facebook’s refusal to recognize Holocaust denial as hate speech, and ban it from the social media platform, is today well known. I have monitored this and other manifestations of antisemitism on social media platforms since first exposing the problem of “Antisemitism 2.0” five years ago. Last week, however, I released a major new reportrevealing additional blind […]

  • Oboler on We Act Radio (USA)

    On Saturday, March 23, 2013, Dr Oboler appeared on “Take Action News with David Shuster” on We Act Radio. The show discussed Dr Oboler’s new report into antisemitism on Facebook and the dis-empowerment of people when their reports to Facebook are wrongly rejected because Facebook has trouble recognizing certain types of antisemitism. The show can be heard here.

  • Recognizing Hate Speech: Antisemitism on Facebook

    My report for the Online Hate Prevention Institute into antisemitism on Facebook was released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st 2013. The report tracks the response to a number of antisemitic items on Facebook. Some of the items were included in a previous report in 2012 into Aboriginal Memes […]

  • The social media is the message

    When it comes to Facebook and Twitter few people know just how powerful these forums can be in influencing opinions and affecting change as Dr Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. Here the social-media strategist and online public diplomacy expert shares his thoughts on the current and future shape of the technological world. What was […]

  • Facebook will kill democracy

    Proposed changes to Facebook’s terms of service, which are open for comment until 9 AM PST on November 28, 2012, will remove the only democratic safeguard in Facebook’s governance system. The rule being removed can itself be used to stop the change, but voter apathy makes that very unlikely. As things currently stand, Facebook’s terms of […]

  • The Hitler Shield: Mocking the Dead at Facebook

    Facebook is sliding into moral decay. I would say slowly, but the pace of detrimental change appears to be increasing. The change between 2008 and today is truly shocking; the more facebook grows, the less regard it appears to have for other or for society as a whole. In 2008 Facebook’s terms of service included a […]

  • Facebook Forced to Pull Hate Page

    By Timna Jacks in The Australian Jewish News Bowing to pressure from the Human Rights Commission, Facebook has agreed to block an antisemitic fan page that calls for the destruction of Israel and brands Jews as fodder for gas chambers and mass murder. “Controversial Humour: Jewish Memes”, which was part fo a string of racist and antisemitic pages […]

  • Charge: Facebook Pages Spew Blood Libels, Attack Jews and Aborigines, Mock Anne Frank

    By Lori Lowenthal Marcus in The Jewish Press Is there anything Facebook has determined to be sufficiently offensive that it will be removed? There is no scientific equation to determine what is hatred, but a Facebook picture of a smiling Anne Frank surrounded by the caption, “What’s that burning?  Oh it’s my family” is an easy […]

  • Facebook sanctions antisemitic content

    The social media platform Facebook is in now eight and a half years old. For over half that time I have been researching and writing about Facebook’s potential to spread antisemitism and other forms of hate. I warned of the potential danger in my first Jerusalem Post op-ed back in 2008. Sincethen various incidents have arisen, and when Facebook went public I dared to hope this […]