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Social media ‘bringing anti-Semitic ideas to new generation’
Young people are being introduced to anti-Semitic ideas on a ‘new generation of younger apps’.
An analysis by the campaign group Hope Not Hate and other organisations revealed the prevalence of antisemitic messages and memes on Instagram and TikTok.
This follows warnings that individuals drawn into conspiracy theories around COVID-19 are at risk of adopting anti-Semitic views.
Google searches in the UK for “New World Order”, a conspiracy theory rooted in anti-Semitic tropes, reached its highest level in March 2020.
The research warns that many antisemitic narratives, hashtags, memes, videos, and groups that emerged during the pandemic remain on some platforms.
Other platforms, like Telegram, have channels promoting the “New World Order” conspiracy theory, Holocaust denialism and white nationalist propaganda which grew by 90,000 followers since February 2021.