Fighting Online Antisemitism (FOA) – A Workshop for Teenagers and Students
Fighting Online Antisemitism (FOA) is an Israeli non-profit organization which has taken on the challenge of fighting antisemitic content found on the Internet. The organization wishes to remove antisemitic content, incitement, discrimination, racism and hateful content posted on the Internet. We are the only organization across the globe that monitors antisemitic content in various languages and on six social media platforms on a daily basis and in “real time”.
We offer an educational workshop consisting of five lectures which deal with the phenomenon of hate content on the Internet (racism, bullying, shaming, etc.) and provides the participants with theoretical knowledge and practical tools for coping with such content. The participants will learn how to independently monitor Internet content and will receive professional guidance on how to handle offensive and hateful content. This workshop will contribute to the ability of each and every participant to cope with this phenomenon. Upon completion of this workshop, the participants will receive access to the organization’s database, including informative and training videos.
In these lectures we will talk about the following topics:
1. The “dark” side of social media platforms: an introduction to the phenomenon of hate content on the Internet
In this lecture, we will review the impact of current events on racism found on the Internet. We will discuss the sharp rise in hateful posts, especially antisemitic and racist posts during the last year, and the accusations against the Jewish people and the state of Israel in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the anti-racism protests which took place in the United States. We will also focus on the Working Definition of Antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the use of the Internet as an educational and explanatory tool as well as possible ways for promoting a hate-free and respectful discourse on the Internet.
2. The Community Standards of the social media platforms
In this lecture, we will discuss the Community Standards of the leading social media platforms in order to understand how they define hate content, while giving relevant case examples of racism and minority hate in Israel and around the world. We will also focus on the connection between the Community Standards and the IHRA’s Working Definition of Antisemitism.
3. Practical guidance for monitoring hate content
In this lecture, we will focus on the practical steps of how to monitor and report hate content on the leading social platforms, especially antisemitic and racist content. We will learn technical aspects of social media platforms popular with teenagers, such as Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
4. Antisemitism and hate content on TikTok
TikTok is a viral, video-sharing social media platform which is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos. It is the most popular social media platform among teenagers and young people. Many antisemitic and racist videos posted on TikTok are intended for teenagers to watch and share. In this lecture, teenagers are invited to share and talk about their experiences from using this application. We will introduce TikTok’s policy concerning hate content, bullying and shaming, and will lead a discussion about tolerance and acceptance. We will also provide teenagers with tools to deal with this kind of content and will teach them how to use this social media platform for the purpose of posting educational content.
5. Summary meeting
At the end of this workshop, we will conduct a virtual or a face-to-face meeting in which the participants will present the content they have been exposed to until then. During the first part of the meeting, we will answer personal questions regarding their experiences and feelings and will encourage them to share these feelings about the phenomenon and the new information they have found and learnt. In the second part of the meeting, we will evaluate the different findings that were monitored and will discuss them in relation to the Community Standards and the international definitions of antisemitism. In addition, we will try to figure out why some of the hate posts were removed while others were not yet removed, and encourage the participants to use the tools they received during this workshop in their daily lives.
Remarks about the workshop:
- The lectures as part of the workshop will be given every two weeks/once a month according to the target audience and the participants’ ages.
- Each lecture will be 45-60 minutes long.
- Lectures will be held virtually or face-to-face.
- Only one lecture can be given at a time. The lectures are adapted to the target audience, the participants’ ages and their previous knowledge and experience.