There were 2.6 million anti-Semitic tweets on Twitter last year, with a total reach of 10 billion impressions. Of that, 19,253 of them were specifically directed at Jewish journalists—myself, and my Daily Beast colleague Sally Kohn, included. Remarkably, two-thirds of the tweets originated from just 1,600 accounts. And even more remarkably, Twitter has deleted only 21 percent of them.
These are some of the numbers from the report released Wednesday by the Anti-Defamation League, entitled “Anti-Semitic Targeting of Journalists During the 2016 Presidential Campaign.” For the first time, the report quantifies—with some significant surprises—the extent of anti-Semitic harassment online on Twitter since the rise of the Donald Trump campaign and the resurgence of the “alt-right,” specifically the period from August 2015 to July 2016.
New Report: 2.6 Million Anti-Semitic Tweets in One Year - the Daily Beast
I get that people are going to be assholes on the internet - pretty much a given. What I found shocking about this was that Twitter only deleted 21 out of 2.6m anti-Semitic tweets.
That said, I wonder exactly how they determined what was anti-Semitic. Not everyone would agree on subtle cases where blatantly derogatory language might be absent but the sentiment there; or conversely, there are some crazy people who think any speech against Israel is automatically anti-Semitic.