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Sheera Frenkel
Following our reporting on this, Instagram has removed the hashtag . It was active for years and had over 11,000 posts. It was one of the top search results if you searched for “Jews.” Why did it take our questions to get it removed?
Despite efforts against hateful and false content, those posts and videos are thriving. One Instagram search produced nearly 12,000 posts with the hashtag “#jewsdid911.”
The New York Times The New York Times @nytimes
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Aryeh Cohen-Wade Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @jtes
Plus, the photos were awful—bad lighting, poorly cropped, out of focus. Ugh.
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𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐭, l𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐲. Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @PBS
But Mark Zuckerberg is committed to doing better? Sure. Who believes that? Watching Part Two of tonight. There seems to be enough for an update.
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David Thaw Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @LAM_Barrett
Srsly? That was a hashtag? Glad it missed it. Sounds like more of a .
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Chimene Keitner Oct 30
Thank you for this reporting
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Chris Mallinson Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
Removing the hashtag and not the posts/users is like putting out a fire, and giving the arsonist a snack and a ride home.
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KorGhee 🐾 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
The reason why it took that long is that social media platforms don't have an incentive to care about their users, only about their users' engagement. They don't care about people using their platform maliciously, because they're using the platform.
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KorGhee 🐾 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
Time and time again we're shown that the only way to enact change on these platforms is to put a spotlight on the horror. So far, that's the only way to find accountability. Reddit didn't want to moderate its platform because there's no net-benefit to do so.
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KorGhee 🐾 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
Google decided not to inform users of a vulnerability because they were certain that it hadn't been utilized.
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KorGhee 🐾 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
Platform Priorities 1 - Can it have a negative effect on our stock? 2 - Is it illegal? 3 - Can we ignore this? 4 - Has anyone reported on it? 5 - Has it stayed in the news? 6 - Have lawmakers made statements on it? 7 - Can we benefit from a public show?
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KorGhee 🐾 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
There's a reason why "Is it wrong?" isn't on there. It's because hate can be profitable. Just look at the people who make a sizeable income on Youtube from being pissed at anything/everything. They would rather have that engagement than to have safety for their users.
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Daniel Raffel Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
The sad and honest answer is that tech leadership values (& knows how to measure impact from) Growth, Engagement & Revenue. Moderation doesn’t get the time & attention it needs partly because solutions don’t scale nicely & because impact can hurt Growth, Engagement & Revenue.
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Blue Doggie  ✌🏳️‍🌈 Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @mmfa and 2 others
Because social media platfoms such as only care about 1 thing: TRAFFIC. Which equals MONEY. and the rest of these social media Cos only care about profit, not content or safety.
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Ken Goodrich Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf
No one is minding the store at these tech companies. No one. It's not what their business model is about.
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ryan Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @brianstelter
It's cool to see checks and balances work - thank you for bringing light to the issue and for enacting change.
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Beyond Ready Oct 30
Because is very, very resistant toward doing anything to stop the spread of white supremacist hate on ?
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American Bot Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @brianstelter
because algorithms are shit and even though silicon valley has convinced you of it, AI doesn't really exist. Buildings full of employees filtering content is not AI.
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#1TrumpHater Oct 30
Replying to @sheeraf @mmfa
Social media will be our undoing
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