Are Social Media platforms promoting Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric?
Using social media, one quickly realizes that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are reluctant to delete posts from Muslim Brotherhood media campaigns, even when these are anti-Semitic. For example, Twitter did not take any measure against Al-Jazeera Arabic when the Qatari channel sponsored content questioning whether the Holocaust happened.
In theaters of conflict in Libya, Syria, and Yemen, some journalists have seen their content removed or their profiles suspended when they posted or expressed opinions against the Brotherhood, but this is not the case with the profiles sponsored by Turkey and Qatar, even when they threaten, mock or incite hatred against Jews. Today, this is no longer a mere sensation, but a new study presents disturbing data on social media responsibilities.
90% of anti-Semitic posts remain on social networks even after being reported to moderators. The complaint comes from the English association Center for Countering Digital Hate, which has identified 714 publications on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. Which not only would it not have been removed in advance from the algorithms of the social media giants in question, but, following the reports to the human moderators, they would still have remained online, visible to all, after six weeks. Moreover, according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate, these messages would have received a total of 7.3 million views.
The offending posts all had anti-Semitic elements, hatred of Jews, and conspiracies. That shows how social media is a free zone for Islamists and their rhetoric, which are not afraid of the consequences. However, Imran Ahmed, head of the Center, stresses that “it’s not about the failure of algorithms that should filter out such content: our research explains how it remains online even when human moderators report them to these platforms.”
Overall, social media did not remove 84% of the posts deemed anti-Semitic by the Center. Specifically, nine out of ten on Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, only 5% of the post conspiracy theorists who accused Jews of the Coronavirus pandemic were eliminated by the moderators. The same was when they directly attacked users of Jewish origin. While, as far as post-neo-Nazis are concerned, the percentage of intervention by social media grows to 30%.
Boris Johnson’s government and the chair of the specific committee, Conservative Congressman Damian Collins, have a new bill, the “Online Safety Bill,” in the pipeline to punish social media for not acting promptly against anti-Semitism or inciting content. Racism, hatred, or masochistic or suicidal acts. But this is complicated legislation and may not be passed until the end of next year.