The Center for Countering Digital Hate found that social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube failed to remove nearly 90 percent of reported posts containing anti-Muslim hate speech.
Major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have not removed Islamophobic content that induces hate speech, conspiracy theories, and racist images. [Getty]
Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have failed to remove 90 percent of Islamophobic content from their platforms, according to a report released Thursday.
The Center for Countering Digital Hate reported a total of 530 posts between February and March of this year.
They were found to contain examples of dehumanizing content, such as racist cartoons, conspiracy theories, and false claims. The posts had been viewed at least 25 million times.
Such posts included images comparing Islam to “cancer,” conspiracy theories promoting narratives that Muslims are “taking over Europe,” as well as depictions of Muslims as pigs and other inhuman caricatures.
Hindu nationalists shared several posts that social media sites did not take into account that propagate hate narratives against Indian Muslims, who are currently facing a rise in Islamophobic violence.
Islamophobic content on apps like Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter was easily spotted, and the sites allowed hashtags like #deathtoIslam, #raghead, and #Islamiscancer to spread easily.
Content spread using the hashtags received at least 1.3 million impressions.
The report also found that social media platforms failed to remove 14 of the 20 posts glorifying the 2019 Christchurch mosque massacre, including images of the attack itself.
The attack, which was carried out by Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, killed 51 people.
CCHR also stated that Islamophobic Facebook groups, with names like “Proud Aussies Against Halal Meat” and “Stop the Islamization of America” were found to have thousands of followers.
The Facebook groups, which have yet to be removed despite being reported, are predominantly located in the US, Australia and the UK.
The report concluded that YouTube and Twitter were the worst platforms for removing Islamophobic content, with the video-sharing platform not removing any of their videos and the microblogging site failing to take action on 97 percent of anti-Muslim hate reported to them. .
Facebook and Instagram, both owned by Mark Zuckerberg, failed to remove or restrict Islamophobic content in 94 percent and 89 percent of reported posts.
Meanwhile, Tiktok, despite being the best performing platform, failed to remove 64 percent of reported Islamophobic videos.