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Israel-Gaza crisis: X fails to remove 98% of posts reported by the CCDH for hate and extremism

Center for Countering Digital Hate: “Elon Musk’s X (previously Twitter) continues to host the overwhelming majority of a sample of posts that breach platform rules for promoting antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian hate and other hateful rhetoric in the wake of the Israel-Gaza crisis, the Center for Countering Digital Hate has found. The CCDH’s study, published Tuesday 14 November, comes amid several warnings of a rise in hate speech and misinformation on X and other platforms following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict. Researchers collected a total of 200 hateful posts that were published after Hamas’ attacks on Israel on 7 October – all of which either directly addressed the ongoing conflict, or appeared to be informed by it. The posts were collected from a total of 101 separate X accounts. The posts were reported to moderators for breaching platform rules via the official reporting tools on Tuesday 31 October. The sample of posts were subsequently reviewed on Tuesday 7 November to audit the action taken.  Despite having a full week to process the reports, researchers found that X continued to host 98% (196) of the 200 posts.  Posts the platform continued to host included those that:

  • Incite violence against Muslims, Palestinians, and Jewish people
  • State that “Hitler saw Jews for what they were”
  • Claim that Muslims are “smelly rats”
  • Refer to Palestinians in Gaza as “animals”
  • Deny and diminish the Holocaust
  • Promote antisemitic caricatures
  • Promote antisemitic conspiracy theories
  • Deny the existence of Palestinians as a people
  • Glorify Nazis and Nazism…”

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