U.S. Election Driving Rise of Anti-Semitism on Twitter: Report

There’s been a year-long increase in anti-Semitic hate targeting journalists on Twitter, with data showing that the harassment has been fueled by rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign, according to report from the Anti-Defamation League Task Force on Harassment and Journalism.

  • "There was a significant uptick in anti-Semitic tweets from January 2016 to July 2016 as coverage of the presidential campaign intensified," ADL says in news release
  • The report, the first of its kind, shows that ~68% of anti-Semitic tweets directed at journalists were sent by 1,600 Twitter accounts
    • "These aggressors are disproportionately likely to self-identify as Donald Trump supporters, conservatives or part of the ‘alt-right,’ a loosely connected group of extremists, some of whom are white supremacists": ADL
  • NOTE: ADL says it formed the task force in June 2016 in response to rise in online, anti-Semitic abuse of reporters