New Study Shows Social Media and Search Algorithms Contribute to Online Hate

Article Source: ADL

Article Source: ADL

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  • Studies by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Tech Transparency Project (TTP) reveal that major social media platforms and search engines can contribute to the spread of online antisemitism, hate, and extremism.
  • Researchers created online personas to simulate user experiences on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The first study found that three out of four platforms recommended extremist and antisemitic content. YouTube was an exception, resisting recommending such content.
  • The second study focused on search functions, highlighting how these platforms enabled users to easily find hateful content and groups by auto-completing terms and even generating hateful content. Instagram, owned by Meta, was found recommending virulent antisemitic content to a 14-year-old persona.
  • ADL proposes reforms including refining algorithms and recommendation engines to avoid promoting hate content, updating legislation to hold platforms accountable for algorithmic impact on hate and extremism, and enforcing transparency in platform practices.  Read More

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