Gabriel Weimann
New Trends in Online Antisemitism

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 / 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Einstein Center Digital Future (Wilhelmstraße 67, 10117 Berlin)

The lecture was part of our conference “Hate Speech on the Internet – Identifying Digital Antisemitism” and took place at the Einstein Center Digital Future. The event was moderated by Christian Strippel, who stepped in on short notice for Simone Rafael, the head of Digital at Amadeu Antonio Foundation, who had fallen ill.

Seventy-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz antisemitism is still being expressed both publicly and violently. In recent years, the Anti-Defamation League reported record numbers of antisemitic incidents throughout the world, indicating an alarming increase in violent attacks.

Antisemitism as well as other forms of hate speech and disinformation thrive on social media, which connect users and groups and create a digital echo chamber. Whilst social media companies such as Facebook or Twitter claim to roll out moderation tools to keep hate speech, misinformation, and incitements to violence off their platforms, users are perpetually publishing content despite it being prohibited.

Recent studies on hate speech and antisemitism online reveal several new trends that were presented and discussed in the lecture: 1. The migration within social media (e.g. TikTok); 2. The use of the Darknet; 3. The power of the algorithms; and 4. The secret language of hate speech.

Gabriel Weimann on "New Trends in Online Antisemitism" (Photo: Kay Herschelmann)