Study documents growing wave of online antisemitism

A Quantitative Approach to Understanding Online Antisemitism. Joel Finkelstein, Savvas Zannettou, Barry Bradlyn, Jeremy Blackburn. arXiv:1809.01644v1 [cs.CY] for this version) “In this paper, we present a large-scale, quantitative study of online antisemitism. We collect hundreds of million comments and images from alt-right Web communities like 4chan’s Politically Incorrect board (/pol/) and the Twitter clone, Gab. Using scientifically grounded methods, we quantify the escalation and spread of antisemitic memes and rhetoric across the Web. We find the frequency of antisemitic content greatly increases (in some cases more than doubling) after major political events such as the 2016 US Presidential Election and the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Furthermore, this antisemitism appears in tandem with sharp increases in white ethnic nationalist content on the same communities. We extract semantic embeddings from our corpus of posts and…

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