News – Social Media

  • CST welcomes Facebook’s significant decision to ban far right Britain First page from their platform

    14 Mar 2018 by CST

    CST is pleased to welcome the decision made by Facebook to remove the Britain First Facebook page, which had attracted over two million followers. Britain First, led by Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, is a far right “street protest movement” whose leaders have been jailed for religiously aggravated harassment. CST works closely with Facebook to tackle antisemitism on the platform and hopes this is the first step in a wider takedown of groups that propagate hatred on the platform.   

  • CST reaches almost 4 million Facebook users whilst being subject to antisemitic abuse

    28 Feb 2018 by CST

    In January 2018, CST was delighted to launch the #AntisemitismHurtsMeToo campaign as part of the Create Against Hate project set up by Facebook. Facebook initiated the Create Against Hate project in order to inspire young creators to collaborate with charities and produce a campaign to combat hate speech and extremism online.   

  • CST works with the European Commission and social media companies to remove illegal hate speech online

    26 Jan 2018 by CST

    The European Commission has released the results of the third round of its social media illegal hate speech monitoring. CST has been involved in the project from its inception with the Code of Conduct in 2016. The results show that the average removal rate of illegal hate speech on Twitter, Facebook and Google, from across Europe, was 70%. The monitoring project shows a significant improvement for social media companies, with regards to removal rates and feedback to users.  

  • Committee criticises social media companies for failure to tackle hate online

    3 May 2017 by CST

    In a new report from the Home Affairs Select Committee, the Government has been called on to consider whether it is a crime for social media companies to allow “illegal and dangerous” content on their platforms. The Committee called for the inquiry following the murder of Jo Cox MP by far right extremist Thomas Mair. CST submitted substantial evidence to the Committee, focusing on antisemitism on social media. The Committee has recommended in their report for the Government to implement a stronger penalty for failure to act on hate online, for social media platforms to pay towards the cost of policing the platforms and for social media companies to issue reports on their safeguarding activity.  

  • CST welcomes new Scotland Yard online hate crime unit

    27 Apr 2017 by CST

    Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week launched a new police unit to investigate and tackle online hate crime. CST deals with antisemitic abuse on a daily basis and this new unit aims to tackle such abuse on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms and aims to assist victims. CST was delighted to join representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police and other leading anti-hate crime charities at the launch this week in City Hall. CST is also a member of the Community Advisory Group for the hub, that advises on how online hate crime affects different communities.

  • Twitter shuts down antisemitic accounts following close work with CST

    28 Nov 2016 by CST

    This month Twitter announced several changes to their safety policies, following constructive dialogue with CST and several other groups. CST is pleased that following extensive reporting by CST and others, several antisemitic accounts who harassed Jewish users and spread Holocaust denial and antisemitism have been suspended from the platform.  

  • Twitter unveils new policy on hateful conduct following dialogue with groups including CST

    15 Nov 2016 by CST

    Twitter has today released a new update, in a bid to  reduce  hateful conduct, including antisemitism, from  its  platform. CST was briefed ahead of the launch, as we have been a trusted partner of Twitter since the beginning of 2015, assisting Twitter in dealing with instances of antisemitic abuse. The new update comes  following  criticism that the platform has allowed hate speech to flourish, but Twitter has stressed that it wants to enable users to feel safe, to have access to support and protection and for users to be able to control what they see.   

  • CST represents the Jewish community in tackling abuse online

    19 Jul 2016 by CST

    Following the launch of the initiative Reclaim The Internet in May 2016, the campaign hosted its first conference yesterday at the Trade Union Congress Building in London. CST is proud to support this, and is happy to lend our expertise to the campaign. The initiative, spearheaded by former shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP, aims to raise awareness and tackle online abuse. The project was initially established to tackle misogyny online, and has since widened its scope to include the battle to end antisemitic, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+ and bullying rhetoric across the internet.

  • CST is proud to support new #ReclaimtheInternet campaign

    26 May 2016 by CST

    Reclaim the Internet, the campaign to raise awareness and tackle abuse online, was launched this morning by Yvette Cooper MP and a panel of experts on abuse online. The campaign is focused on ending misogyny, sexual harassment and abuse online aimed at women, but the campaign is also a platform to bring together various groups dealing with abuse online, including CST.  

  • Twitter Unveils New Safety Centre

    21 Jul 2015 by CST

    Twitter has unveiled a new Safety Centre for users to learn about security both on Twitter and in the offline world. The platform has seen an increase of 500% in reports of violations to Twitter policy since changing the way users report harassment, whilst CST saw an increase of 118% in the number of antisemitic incidents reported in 2014.

  • Golders Green Together's Thunderclap of unity

    19 Jun 2015 by CST

    Golders Green Together, the community wide response to the neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green on July 4th, is coordinating a social media 'Thunderclap' as an expression of unity and diversity in the face of division.