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Andre Oboler
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Social Media Strategist, Commentator and Researcher.
Social Media Strategist, Commentator and Researcher.

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My latest op-ed looks at social media's role in manipulation of an online poll at the Guardian (UK) and the actions of local Government.

The poll related to a decision by two Scottish Councils to fly the Palestinian flag over their town halls in a show of solidarity. I discuss the gap between the message the councils want to send, in support of a permanent ceasefire and an end to the civilian casualties, compared to the actual impact this action is likely to have - increasing Hamas's determination to keep the conflict going and the civilian casualties rising.

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In my latest article on Jerusalem Post I look at the problem of rising #antisemitism in #socialmedia and trace this back to a deliberate #Hamas strategy. Both Jews and those tricked into parroting antisemitic arguments are victims here.

The article focuses on one form of antisemitism in particular, the comparison between #Gaza and the #Holocaust. This not only trivialises the Holocaust (imagine comparing the situation in Gaza the the genocides in Darfur or Rwanda), but creates a wider acceptability for antisemitism.

Once antisemitism is ok, accusations of Jews being "Christ killers", "controlling the media", and the blatant hate like I received in an e-mail (saying my head should be chopped off) soon follow.

For absolute clarity, I am not saying everyone opposing Israel is an antisemite (they aren't), but there is a clear group who are making antisemitic statements. Regardless of one's views on Israel, those who oppose racism need to both recognise and speak up when they see such racism. Those who join in spreading antisemitism have become the useful fools of a genocidal regime.

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My latest article in Jerusalem Post looks at the war in social media that's running along side the war between Hamas and Israel. See it online at: http://blogs.jpost.com/content/facebook-caught-social-media-war

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The Age has publish a article focusing on the Online Hate Prevention Institute's concerns that Facebook is failing to properly enforce its terms of service which forbid hate speech on the Facebook platform. The story also discusses OHPI's efforts to bring transparency to Facebook through a new software solution build on crowd sourcing.

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The rapid growth of hate against Muslims on Facebook, and Facebook's reluctance to curb it - A major new report from the Online Hate Prevention Institute. Details at http://ohpi.org.au/islamophobia-on-the-internet-the-growth-of-online-hate-targeting-muslims/
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Ok, not sure you can go much higher... I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 139

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Even better! - I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 118

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I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 102

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Earlier this week we launched the "Stop Racism and Online Hate" appeal. This is the first public appeal from the Online Hate Prevention Institute and the funds raised will support the development of an online system where people will be able to report hate speech, and those reports can be used to classify it and track the response by social media companies. It's all about greater transparency and empowerment for users. Ultimately we hope it will make social media companies a little more careful when the reject users legitimate complaints.

See the campaign video, support us, and track our progress at:
www.indiegogo.com/projects/stop-racism-and-online-hate

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Officially being launched tomorrow, OHPI's "Stop Online Hate" campaign on Indiegogo just went live! This campaign will allow OHPI to respond to more online hate and to build the tools to empower the online community - take a peak!
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