Facebook is under intense pressure this week to do something about a rise in antisemitism on its platform, with prominent advocates pressing the independent Facebook Oversight Board to do something about the problem.
The Anti-Defamation League, one of the most established Jewish advocacy groups in the country, wrote a letter directly to the Oversight Board to step in and force Facebook to take greater action on the issue of antisemitism.
“Facebook’s inaction has helped spread hatred of Jews and has contributed to historical high levels of antisemitism in America and antisemitism online and offline across the globe,” Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt wrote in a letter to the Facebook Oversight Board. “We request that the Oversight Board overturn this decision and send a clear message that antisemitism has no place on Facebook.”
Up until this point, the Oversight Board hasn’t acted in a meaningful way to curb Facebook. The independent group recently refused to rule on whether former president Donald Trump should be permanently banned from the platform, kicking the decision back to the social media giant. In other words, it may not have the power or the will to tackle an issue as large as global antisemitism. However, these advocates should explore every possible avenue to address the issue.
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