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CyberWell briefs European leaders on online antisemitism

“Many countries have been surprised by terror organizations and their allies harnessing social media,” says the activist group’s executive director. 

Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor founded CyberWell, the first database of online antisemitism. Credit: Courtesy.
Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor founded CyberWell, the first database of online antisemitism. Credit: Courtesy.

Government officials and youth leaders from five countries gathered in Tel Aviv to learn about the spread of Jew-hatred on the Internet.

In a June 24 statement, CyberWell, a nonprofit focused on countering antisemitism in social media, announced that the European Leadership Network had sponsored a visit featuring leaders from Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Norway.

“Social media promulgating hate, in general, but also specifically surrounding antisemitism, is rapidly becoming a national security crisis in countries across the globe,” said Tal-Or Cohen Montemayor, CyberWell’s founder and executive director.

“Not unlike social-media platforms themselves, many countries have been surprised by terror organizations and their allies harnessing social media to spread hate and destabilize their nations,” she said. 

The group hopes that such visits “will help educate and inform these leaders, and ultimately arm their governments for the fight against terror and hate online,” Cohen Montemayor said.

CyberWell says it “has achieved incredible success rates in removing Jew-hatred at scale, sparking policy guidance for content moderators and updating social-media policy to account for all forms of antisemitism.”

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