On 31 August 2014, OHPI hosted an event to highlight the rising antisemitism on social media and to launch tools to help combat it.
At the core of the event was the beta-launch of an online tool developed by OHPI to report and monitor online hate on social media. The tool enables antisemitism as well as other forms of hate to be reported. The event also launched a booklet to empower people in responding to online antisemitism in particular. The booklet also included guidance on report online hate on Facebook in particular both to Facebook and through OHPI’s new tool. All participants were given a free copy of the booklet to take home with them. OHPI will soon be making the book available for sale as an e-book, with the proceeds helping to support OHPI’s work combating online hate.
The two new tools were launched by David Southwick, the MP for Caulfield and the Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services. He emphasized the importance of monitoring online antisemitism, and congratulated OHPI for taking the lead in highlighting the problem. After Mr Southwick launched the online monitoring tool, “Fight Against Hate”, attendees were able to register and become its first users.
Dr Andre Oboler, OHPI’s CEO and the primary creator of the online tool, then discussed how to use the software and its significance. Fight Against Hate allows the registered members to report any hate content they encounter on Facebook or YouTube, the two largest social media platforms in the world. Users first report the content to the platforms directly, then post a link to the reported content into the OHPI software. The software records the link so the veracity of the report can be checked, and monitor the time taken by Facebook or YouTube to remove it.
The software has already been endorsed by the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, an initiative led by the Israeli Government to combat rising antisemitism around the world. Dr Oboler is a member of the Forum’s steering committee and for the last five years has co-chaired the Global Forum’s Working Group on online antisemitism along with Adv David Matas from Canada. In the first 72 hours after the event over 75 items of antisemitic content were report through the tool.
For now, additional users will be added to the system in October and you can request access by registering here.