Facebook is taking steps to combat antisemitic content on its platform, the social network said Monday, following reports that users of the social media platform were posting anti-Jewish memes and hashtags.
According to a report in Israeli media, several people who use the service have reported seeing anti-Semitism in the form of memes and other content, while some posts on Facebook were also seen as anti-Israel, such as a picture of a smiling man wearing a shirt with the words “Jewish terrorists” on it.
According an article on the Facebook page of the Israeli Facebook user group Israel BDS, the images of the smiling man were posted by people using the alias of “Nir Shavit,” who posted a link to the picture on Facebook.
According the article, the image was posted by the person “Nihon Shavits,” and the person who uploaded the image, who is identified as “Kedar” on the page, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he saw the meme and posted it himself.
“I don’t know how many people use it, but they have been using it.
I posted it myself and posted a comment on it, and it has been seen hundreds of times,” Kedar told Haaretz.
According a report by the news outlet Haaretz, the “Nidhe” image was initially posted on October 6, and the picture was removed from the group on October 20.
However, after it was mentioned in the media, the picture resurfaced on Sunday, with people from the Israeli group posting the image in their messages.
The Facebook page, which was established in 2014, has been in existence since the beginning of 2016, according to its website.
The group was established to prevent the BDS movement and other anti-Israeli organizations from gaining traction in Israel.