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Twitter launches tool to combat anti-Semitism

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Social media giant says incidents of abuse and racism will be dealt with more adequately

The social media site Twitter has launched an online "Safety Center" to combat racism and anti-Semitism following two years of behind closed doors dialogue, the Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

According to the report, the Community Security Trust (CST), a British Jewish advocacy group, helped to shape the development of the new tool.

Twitter said it would enable racism, online abuse and anti-Semitism to be handled more adequately.

“The service will help users keep their accounts secure, control what others can see and report tweets that violate Twitter’s terms of service,” a spokesman was quoted by the Post as saying.

“These resources should help you quickly understand how to manage your experience on Twitter and also understand how the community and Twitter take action together when our policies are violated.”

The CST said there has been an improvement in the way the social network handles anti-Semitism, and that overall there was a 118% rise in online incidents reported in the UK last year.

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said conspiracy theories of a powerful Jewish cabal or a Western plan to destroy Islam must be challenged in efforts to counter radicalization.

In a speech in the central English city of Birmingham, Cameron announced a five-year plan to tackle home-grown Islamic extremism and help communities integrate in Britain.

“You don’t have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish,” Cameron said.

“Ideas also based on conspiracy that Jews exercise malevolent power or that Western powers, in concert with Israel, are deliberately humiliating Muslims, because they aim to destroy Islam.”


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