Fighting online antisemitism through volunteer training, reporting hateful content, and conducting educational activities to raise awareness of the phenomena of cyber hate.
FOA is a non-profit organization (NGO) dedicated to eliminating antisemitic and hateful content from the internet. Established in 2020, our main aim is to ensure and verify its quick removal, and prevent its further dissemination.
We conduct training programs meant to empower people of all ages, backgrounds, genders, and religions worldwide to fight online antisemitism and hate speech in their communities and countries.
We believe that the fight against antisemitism is first and foremost a fight for human rights. It is also a fight for liberalism, pluralism, equality, acceptance of others, and the creation of a better world for humanity as a whole.
We have recruited and trained over 150 volunteers thus far, and have manually reported over 2,000 items, with hundreds now being monitored every month in numerous languages, across multiple social media platforms. We have succeeded in deleting significant amounts of toxic and false content from the world’s leading social media platforms, with whom we work directly. During our first year, we have increased the removal rate of antisemitic content by more than 100%.
Our unique monitoring methods create a large database for future reference and research. These statistics enable us to publish reports on antisemitic trends worldwide.
We conduct workshops and lectures for all age groups, and host educational webinars meant to raise awareness of and cope with the phenomenon of cyberhate, by sharing relevant knowledge and tools regarding the social media networks policy and positive use of the online sphere.
In recent years, there has been a radical rise in the publication of all kinds of hate content on the internet. However, even compared to other forms of hate, the growth of online antisemitic content is unparalleled.
To realize our goals, we collaborate with similar NGOs and Jewish communities worldwide. To date, FOA is the only Israeli member of INACH- the International Network Against CyberHate.
Scale of the problem
Every second of every day, people upload antisemitic content on various platforms. Their purpose is to spread prejudice, conspiracy theories and incitement against the Jewish people and against the state of Israel.
People are posting a vast (huge) amount of such antisemitic content.The result? Hundreds of millions of users, including children and teenagers, are being fed with wrongful information and straight out lies.
Why did the increase happen?
The growth of online antisemitism is heavily correlated to increases in antisemitism being reported in the “real world”. In other words, the more people hear about antisemitism in the news, the more they feel a need to post such content online.
Also, internet use, and specifically social media use, has expanded recently. This caused a rise in the spead of antisemitic and hate content in general.
The COVID-19 pandemic has produced a perfect storm for antisemitism to thrive online.The pandemic gave people the opportunity to create a new form of an ancient lie: Jews have been blamed for engineering the virus—or being part of a global conspiracy to develop a vaccine, helping them to pocket billions at the expense of sick and dying people.
While the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually pass, the plague of antisemitism will stay with us for many years to come.
What is the result of the rise in online antisemitism?
There has been a significant increase in the number of physical attacks and terrorist incidents against Jewish communities around the world.
Founded in Israel, our staff and volunteers based in many different countries around the world, help us make a difference on a global scale.
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