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June 9, 2016 0

LA Times Editorial Board Criticizes EU Hate Speech Code of Conduct for Online Platforms

In response to a Code of Con­duct adopted at the request of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion by online com­pa­nies Face­book, Twit­ter, YouTube and Microsoft, the Los Ange­les Times Edi­to­r­ial Board called the Code “a well-meaning but heavy-handed move against jihadist pro­pa­ganda.”  The Edi­to­r­ial explained:

The code of con­duct was pre­sented as a set of vol­un­tary com­mit­ments closely track­ing what the four com­pa­nies say they’ve been doing on their own ini­tia­tives. But it’s not as if they could have blithely refused to coop­er­ate. Under Euro­pean law, cer­tain types of hate speech are ille­gal and must be removed on request. The com­mis­sion also is a highly active reg­u­la­tor  — much more so than U.S. author­i­ties are — hav­ing launched antitrust, tax and pri­vacy enforce­ment actions against some or all of the four com­pa­nies. In other words, they would have ignored the com­mis­sion at their peril.

The LA Times Edi­to­r­ial Board item­ized its con­cerns this way:

  • “The Commission’s move could lead the com­pa­nies to cen­sor legal speech as well. Rather than leav­ing com­pa­nies to set their own terms of use, the code of con­duct man­dates that such rules “pro­hibit the pro­mo­tion of incite­ment to vio­lence and hate­ful con­duct,” which is a vaguer and broader cat­e­gory than what Euro­pean gov­ern­ments have outlawed.”
  • “It would fast-track the removal of con­tent flagged by advo­cacy groups and other non-governmental orga­ni­za­tions blessed by Euro­pean offi­cials, leav­ing those whose posts are blocked online with no due-process rights (the com­pa­nies say they have inter­nal appeals processes, but that’s a far cry from the court-supervised process under U.S. copy­right law).”
  • “The code could set a prece­dent for other coun­tries to force Inter­net com­pa­nies to restrain speech more than their laws dic­tate or global prin­ci­ples of human rights sup­port. For exam­ple, what if a repres­sive regime demands that social net­works adopt rules ban­ning “incite­ment to insta­bil­ity” or other code words for dissent?”
  • “But just as the United States has strug­gled to find the right bal­ance between secu­rity and civil lib­er­ties, so too must the com­mis­sion be care­ful not to squelch legal speech. The new code of con­duct may be well-meaning, but it would have been bet­ter to have a truly vol­un­tary effort by social net­works backed by real due-process protections.”

While Jonathan A. Green­blatt, ADL CEO has stated that the Code par­al­lels ADL’s Best Prac­tices for Respond­ing to Cyber­hate, and that empow­er­ing users to bet­ter report hate speech is the rea­son why ADL has brought it Cyber-Safety Action Guide to Europe, ADL acknowl­edges the con­cerns expressed by civil soci­ety and the Los Ange­les Times, and con­tin­ues to believe that vol­un­tary efforts to com­bat online hate speech is prefer­able to government-imposed require­ments.  ADL has com­mit­ted to work with the Euro­pean Jew­ish Con­gress and Euro­pean Union of Jew­ish Stu­dents to expand ADL’s Cyber-Safety Action Guide for use by Euro­pean cit­i­zens in the wake of the EU Code announcement.

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August 18, 2015 6

Farrakhan Promotes Anti-Semitism & Violence In Lead Up To Oct. March

Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Far­rakhan has invoked hate­ful anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries and called for vio­lence against white peo­ple dur­ing his multi-city tour to pro­mote the Octo­ber 10 “Justice…Or Else!” Mil­lion Man March (MMM) in Wash­ing­ton, DC.farrakhan-justice-or-else-miami-2015

In his August 13 remarks at a church in Mil­wau­kee, Far­rakhan accused Jews of con­trol­ling the media, gov­ern­ment and econ­omy. Far­rakhan told the con­gre­ga­tion, “I’m talk­ing about the wicked ones in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity that run Amer­ica, run the gov­ern­ment, run the world, own the banks, own the means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. They are my ene­mies! But as sure as I’m alive, my ene­mies will be made my foot­stool and so will yours.”

Far­rakhan also invoked the canard that Jews killed Jesus stat­ing, “Would the Jew had lis­tened to Jesus…but you rebelled against him and killed him.”

In his July 30 remarks in Miami, Far­rakhan asserted “A Jew is not a Jew by the cir­cum­ci­sion of the male organ but cir­cum­ci­sion of the heart.” Farrakhan’s Miami remarks also took a par­tic­u­larly mil­i­tant tone. He stated, “If the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not inter­cede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us! Stalk them! And kill them! And let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling!”

Far­rakhan employed sim­i­lar rhetoric in Mil­wau­kee, say­ing that the media have mis­rep­re­sented him as vio­lent because “white peo­ple deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us com­ing to do it.” He con­tin­ued, “Allahu akbar! God is great! We have no weapon! We bother nobody! Then if you come to take our life, don’t’ be sur­prised if you lose your own!”

In an effort to build sup­port for the “Justice…Or Else!” MMM, Far­rakhan has spo­ken in Wash­ing­ton, Philadel­phia, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Hous­ton, Los Ange­les, Mil­wau­kee, and Memphis.

Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist and anti-Semitic for­mer leader of the New Black Pan­ther Party and cur­rent leader of Black Lawyers for Jus­tice, has also actively been pro­mot­ing the event for the NOI in var­i­ous parts of the country.

The NOI has also orga­nized other local events led by African-American reli­gious and com­mu­nity lead­ers. Some MMM events have fea­tured sup­port from national, state, and local elected offi­cials, celebri­ties, and others.

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June 30, 2015 64

Farrakhan Receives Support From Rappers On Social Media

Update — 7/8/15: Read ADL’s new report What is the Nation of Islam?, which pro­vides fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the NOI’s long record of anti-Semitism.

In the lead-up to the Nation of Islam’s (NOI) 20th Anniver­sary of the Mil­lion Man March sched­uled for Octo­ber 10 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., anti-Semite Louis Far­rakhan has received sup­port from well-known rap­pers and oth­ers, who are help­ing bring Farrakhan’s mes­sage to a broader audience.

Photo with rap artist Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rap­per Rick Ross posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Accord­ing to a June 23 Final Call arti­cle Far­rakhan “is plac­ing a pri­or­ity on iden­ti­fy­ing and ener­giz­ing youth lead­er­ship with sup­port from mem­bers of the Hip-Hop com­mu­nity because today’s rap­pers have more fol­low­ers on social media—and in real life—than many preach­ers in America.”

In recent weeks, Far­rakhan, the lead­ing anti-Semite in Amer­ica, has spo­ken in New York, Los Ange­les, Philadel­phia, Wash­ing­ton D.C., Atlanta, Hous­ton, and Chicago to pro­mote the Octo­ber event, meet­ing with var­i­ous rap­pers along the way.

Photo with rap artist The Game posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with rap­per The Game posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Insta­gram and Twit­ter posts from rap­pers pos­ing with Far­rakhan or pro­mot­ing his recent vis­its have reached a com­bined 10.9 mil­lion fol­low­ers so far, and many more peo­ple through reposts and retweets. Even with some over­lap, this rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cantly larger reach than a post from Farrakhan’s Face­book account (173,000 fol­low­ers) or his Twit­ter account (381,000 followers).

Some rap­pers who have posted mes­sages pro­mot­ing Far­rakhan or the Mil­lion Man March anniver­sary include Rick Ross (3.2 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), The Game (3.1 Mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), Bird­man (1.6 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), 2 Chainz (1.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers), Young Thug (1.3 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers), and Scar­face (227,000 Twit­ter followers).

Photo with musician Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan's Instagram account

Photo with musi­cian Ceelo Green posted to Farrakhan’s Insta­gram account

Addi­tion­ally CeeLo Green met with Far­rakhan in Atlanta, and the NOI posted on Face­book a video of Green prais­ing Far­rakhan as “leg­endary.” The NOI also posted pho­tos of Ice Cube meet­ing Far­rakhan in Atlanta, Bun B attend­ing Farrakhan’s June 15 event in Hous­ton, and Kanye West attend­ing Farrakhan’s Los Ange­les event on June 17. Kanye West is also work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary on Far­rakhan accord­ing to Rolling Stone.

Far­rakhan has also received sup­port from elected offi­cials in at least three states, includ­ing Con­gress­woman Yvette Clarke and New York State rep­re­sen­ta­tives and City Coun­cil mem­bers who attended Farrakhan’s June 5 event in Harlem.

Far­rakhan con­tin­ues to espouse anti-Jewish hatred at high-profile NOI events, such as in March dur­ing his Sav­iours’ Day address, where he alleged that Jews com­mit­ted the 9/11 attacks and con­trol the U.S. government.

Pre­vi­ous Mil­lion Man March anniver­saries have fea­tured anti-Semitism includ­ing Farrakhan’s two-part 2012 ser­mon in Chicago and Char­lotte, when Far­rakhan spread hate­ful anti-Semitic myths about Jew­ish con­trol in the U.S. and a litany of other con­spir­acy theories.

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