A unique training program empowering individuals and communities to combat online Antisemitism and Cyberhate, and help make our social media platforms hate-free!
What Can be Done to Combate Online Antisemitism?
Our reports highlight the need to raise awareness of the phenomena of online antisemitism through education and take active measures to reduce the dissemination of hateful content on social media. Active and continuous monitoring is key to combating antisemitism on social media. A critical mass of volunteers, reporting antisemitic content across popular social media platforms is needed in order to combat this phenomenon effectively.
Focusing on tackling online antisemitism, this calls for the recruitment and training of as many volunteers as possible. Volunteers shall become familiar with social network community standards, receive training on monitoring relevant content, correctly identifying antisemitic content according to the IHRA definition, reporting it to the social networks, and adequately categorizing the detected content as it is added to our database for future research and analysis.
REACH is FOA’s flagship program, empowering individuals and communities to combat antisemitism and cyberhate. Combining theory and practice, REACH best equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to monitor and report antisemitism on the most popular social media platforms.
As an online program, REACH can be easily accessed by anyone with a computer/smart device and an internet connection. REACH only requires a minimum of two hours for training and volunteering each week (for 4-12 weeks), thus can easily be combined with study or work.
The program includes: Live, practical, hands-on training sessions, mentoring throughout the program, virtual coworking space, a reporting challenge, a webinar with a keynote speaker, networking and community-building.
Participants will attend five live sessions (60-90 minutes each):
Introductory Session: Introduction to the program (staff, participants, schedule), introduction to online hate speech and antisemitism, the importance of stopping online hate speech and antisemitism, and local challenges.
Basic Training Session: Participants will be introduced to IHRA’s working definition of antisemitism and community guidelines of the leading social media outlets. Participants will then learn how to identify, monitor, and report antisemitic content on social media.
Mentoring Sessions in small groups (live monitoring, distinguishing between reportable and non-reportable content, Q and A).
A webinar with a Keynote Speaker/ the social media: A special event meant to provide participants with insights into different aspects of antisemitism (e.g., antisemitism & conspiracy theories during COVID-19, emotionally coping with exposure to online hate speech, advocating for civil speech, utilizing Open-Source Intelligence in countering cyberhate).
A Summary Session: Discussion + concluding remarks: How can individuals & communities work together to fight hate and antisemitism? Participants’ contribution to fighting online antisemitism as part of REACH and future volunteering opportunities.
Combining theory and practice will best equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to monitor and report antisemitism on social media.
- How many hours a week will I need to dedicate to REACH?
REACH only requires two hours of training and volunteering each week, so it can easily be combined with study or work.
- Where is REACH?
REACH is an online program and can be easily accessed by anyone with a computer/smart device and an internet connection.
- Who can sign up?
REACH is for anyone with basic English knowledge, internet connection, and motivation to help make our social media platforms HATE-FREE. If YOU would like to be part of a community that combats cyberhate, your place is with us! Our next REACH program is meant for SWISS volunteers and would focus on monitoring online antisemitism in Switzerland.
- When will REACH CH start?
REACH CH is planned for the first quarter of 2023. For more information, subscribe to our newsletter, or email email@example.com.