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Anti-Semitism and misinformation on the internet Zero tolerance for stirring up hatred

Since the Hamas attack on Israel, a lot of targeted misinformation has been spreading on social media, some of an anti-Semitic nature. In order to counteract this, here is an overview of the facts.

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A lot of false information has been spreading on social media since the attack by Hamas.

Photo: IMAGO/NurPhoto/Jonathan Raa

Since the Hamas terrorist attack on Israel on 7 October 2023, large numbers of disturbing images, videos and allegations have been circulating on social media. As in the case of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, much of this material cannot be independently verified. This makes it all the more important to refrain from sharing dubious content, make use of fact checks, obtain information from a range of different reputable sources and communicate respectfully.

The Hamas attack on Israel is having an impact on life in Germany, too. Below we have compiled information on the relevant legal background to the issues involved so as to put German policy into context.

Social media and disinformation
It is not only since the Hamas attack on Israel that targeted misinformation has been spreading on social media. How can it be identified? What is the role of artificial intelligence? What do you need to know when dealing with social media? These and other questions are addressed by NETTZ, the networking centre against hate speech.

Belltower News is part of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and also provides answers regarding targeted misinformation.