Congressional Hearing Tackles Anti-Semitism In Social Media

Congressional Hearing Tackles Anti-Semitism In Social Media

(JTA) – Social networking sites present a new and dangerous medium for spreading anti-Semitism, panelists told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

The April 14 hearing looked at the proliferation of hate speech through social media alongside such concerns as anti-Semitism being masked as anti-Israelism or anti-Westernism.

Hannah Rosenthal, the State Department’s special envoy to combat and monitor anti-Semitism, favored “positive talk” as a means of combating the hate, while some Jewish groups said using legal means to remove the incitement was the better way to go.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that rather than countering hate speech with positive speech, companies should enforce their policies on hate speech.

Cooper showed the panel anti-religion and anti-Semitic Web sites, including a Facebook page called “Zionism Terminator,” and spoke of suicide bomber games and others in which the player commits atrocities such as gunning down Haitian survivors.

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