"Most dominant narratives were conspiracy theories about Jews ruling international financial institutions"
The European Commission recently released a report which showed that antisemitic content on several platforms surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in French and German.
Researchers at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), an anti-extremism nonprofit, looked at content on Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram and found a seven-fold increase of French-language anti-Semitic content in January and February this year, compared to the same time last year. In German, the researchers found a 13-fold increase in anti-Semitic content, reported Politico.
Antisemitic posts across the major platforms were liked, shared, or commented upon billions of times.
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Telegram was the most significant platform for the proliferation of antisemitism in German, while in French, Twitter was most prominent one. Facebook was the second-most popular platform for antisemitism in both languages.
“During the pandemic, Jews have been baselessly blamed for creating and spreading the virus on purpose,” commented European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas at a meeting of the working group on the implementation of the Council declaration on the fight against antisemitism. Read more at i24