Social platforms get graded on efforts to fight hate. Here’s how they ranked. | Tuesday Coffee

None of the nine social platforms included in the report earned an A.

August 3, 2021 6:30 am

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What social media platforms do you use? How do they address cyberhate and antisemitism?

If your answer to the second question is “I don’t know,” keep reading.

On Monday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a nationwide anti-hate organization, released its 2021 Online Antisemitism Report Card. 

While none of the nine social platforms included in the report earned an A, Twitter and YouTube came the closest with a B-. 

The anti-hate organization said Twitter and YouTube earned the highest grades for their “robust” hate policies and efforts to address antisemitism.

“Both products incorporated recommendations from ADL and other organizations by adding prompts that warn users before they post potentially violative comments and allow users who create video content on the platform to self-identify to help the platform better understand how different marginalized groups are targeted,” ADL noted in its report.

The report acknowledged some recent changes to Twitter’s policies that put it at the top of the scorecard.

“It has broad anti-hate policies in place and has introduced effective product-level efforts to address antisemitism, including the use of prompts and its shift last summer to scan external links for hateful content that violate its policies,” the report reads.

ADL Score Card

Platforms Reddit and Twitch earned a C, tying for third place.

“Twitch did significantly better than Reddit when it came to taking action on antisemitic content by responding to reported content within a 72-hour window and actioning the majority of the antisemitic content that ADL flagged. Nevertheless, its lack of a formal trusted flagger program and less than ideal data accessibility for researchers earned it the same grade as Reddit,” the report explained.

Coming in with a C- were TikTok, Facebook/Instagram and Discord. 

ADL said the so-so grade was issued to these four platforms because they failed to provide any details about how enforcement decisions were reached when responding to reported content.

Additionally, ADL reported that all four failed to take action against content reported by the ADL through user flagging.

In the bottom spot was Roblox, an online game platform, which received the worst score of the nine platforms studied.

ADL noted that Roblox did not respond to or take action against reported content.

So, why does all this matter?

2020 saw a 4 percent decrease in antisemitic incidents from 2019, according to ADL data. Despite this decrease, 2020 was still the third-highest year on record for antisemitic incidents since the ADL began recording them in 1979. 

According to the survey, 36 percent of Jewish respondents said they experienced some form of online harassment. Thirty-one percent of Jewish respondents who were exposed to online hate reported that they felt targeted because of their religion. 

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Cassie Miller
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A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.