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Facebook's 'Screaming, Whiny Humans' Make It Hard to Control

The platform is having its 'Frankenstein moment,' Kevin Roose writes for 'NYT'

(Newser) - Facebook is still wrangling with revelations it let advertisers target anti-Semitic followers—part of what's led to what Kevin Roose calls the platform's "Frankenstein moment." Writing for the New York Times , Roose says the "series of scandals" hitting Facebook, which has "created something it... More »

Sandberg Admits to Facebook 'Fail'

More human oversight will prevent misuse of ads, COO says

(Newser) - Already facing criticism over the role its ads played in the US presidential election, Facebook is now defending itself over claims that it allowed anti-Semitic ads to be shown to people who posted hate speech online. Responding to a ProPublica report last week that revealed Facebook's algorithm-created ad system... More »

'Hot Cop' Investigated for Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts

Michael Hamill has been suspended while police department investigates

(Newser) - Michael Hamill set the internet's hearts aflame as one of Florida's "hot cops" who went viral in a picture posted to Facebook after Hurricane Irma, but now the internet is buzzing over a much less pleasant characteristic: Hamill appears to be into making anti-Semitic jokes on Facebook.... More »

Facebook Was Letting Advertisers Target 'Jew Haters'

Facebook has removed anti-Semitic advertising categories

(Newser) - Until this week, advertisers could log onto Facebook and target their ads to people interested in the following:
  • "Jew hater"
  • "How to burn jews"
  • "History of 'why jews ruin the world'"
  • "Hitler did nothing wrong"
ProPublica reports it knows this because it paid $30... More »

Rabbis Pull Out of Annual Presidential Conference Call

They're protesting Trump's comments on Charlottesville

(Newser) - A coalition of rabbis won't hold its annual presidential conference call this year, accusing President Trump of showing support for "those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia," ABC News reports. Per the Washington Post , the coalition—which includes the Rabbinical Assembly, the Central Conference of American Rabbis,... More »

Jay-Z Accused of Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Though Anti-Defamation League doesn't believe Jay-Z himself is anti-Semitic

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League is accusing Jay-Z of trafficking in Jewish stereotypes on his new album . On "The Story of OJ," which Spin describes as a "black capitalism anthem," Jay-Z raps: "You wanna know what's more important than throwing away money at a strip club?... More »

Harvard Yanks Acceptance Letters After Student Posts

Incoming freshmen can no longer attend after online comments

(Newser) - At least 10 students lost their spots at Harvard before the first day of class after they exchanged offensive messages in a private Facebook group, the Harvard Crimson reports. College officials told the incoming freshmen they were no longer welcome after getting wind of the messages and memes in a... More »

Cartoon Frog Taken Over by the Alt-Right Croaks

Creator Matt Furie gave up trying to keep Pepe out of the hands of white supremacists

(Newser) - He tried to #SavePepe but in the end, Matt Furie had to let the frog go. The Guardian reports that Furie, the cartoonist who created the amphibian character that was appropriated by the alt-right in internet memes, killed off Pepe the Frog to coincide with Free Comic Book Day on... More »

French Candidate Takes Flak for Comments on Jews in WWII

Marine Le Pen says France not to blame for mass arrest in Paris

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen has been accused in the past of being anti-Semitic, and her words over the weekend on a famous World War II raid didn't help put that allegation to bed. Per Reuters , the far-right French presidential contender spoke to media groups Sunday and referenced the Vel d'... More »

Cops: Vandals Didn't Topple Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

They blame neglect, erosion

(Newser) - The toppling of more than 40 headstones in a predominantly Jewish cemetery wasn't part of a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic incidents nationwide, police say. Instead, the NYPD says the 42 headstones at Brooklyn's Washington Cemetery fell down by themselves because of a combination of factors, including neglect and... More »

Another Jewish Cemetery Vandalized

Hate crime task force investigating in NY

(Newser) - Citing a "dramatic increase in acts of hate and intolerance," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a statewide investigation into crimes targeting Jewish groups Thursday after at least a dozen tombstones were toppled and some defaced in a Jewish cemetery in Rochester. The crime at Waad Hakolel Cemetery... More »

Vandalism 'Beyond Belief' at Jewish Cemetery

Cops say at least 100 headstones toppled

(Newser) - Cops in Philadelphia have vowed to track down the vandals who toppled large numbers of headstones in a Jewish cemetery over the weekend. Initial estimates put the number of graves vandalized in the Mount Carmel at around 100. CBS Philadelphia reports that the estimate has risen to 300. "It'... More »

When Jewish Cemetery Got Vandalized, Muslims Came to the Rescue

Muslim-American activists raise more than $90K to combat anti-Semitism

(Newser) - Tarek El-Messidi tells a story about the prophet Muhammad standing in observance of a Jewish funeral procession because, as he said, "Is it not a human soul?" To show that kind of respect to their "Jewish cousins" is one of the reasons El-Messidi and fellow Muslim-American activist Linda... More »

Trump Condemns 'Horrible' Anti-Semitism

'Has to stop,' says the president

(Newser) - Recent incidents of anti-Semitism—including a wave of threats against Jewish community centers—are "horrible" and a "reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil," President Trump said Tuesday, echoing comments made by his daughter Ivanka a day... More »

Ivanka Speaks Out After More Jewish Centers Threatened

'We must protect our houses of worship,' Ivanka says

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League demanded answers from the Trump administration Monday after another wave of bomb threats against Jewish centers across America. The ADL says at least 11 centers were threatened Monday, bringing the total to at least 69 threats in 27 states so far this year, CNN reports. Some 27... More »

Dozens of Jewish Centers Hit by 'Telephone Terrorism'

At least 27 centers across the country evacuated after hoax bomb threats

(Newser) - Jewish centers across America were evacuated Wednesday after what security analysts say was an unprecedented number of threats. The FBI and the Justice Department say they're investigating the bomb threats phoned in to at least 27 Jewish community centers in 17 states, Reuters reports. Wednesday's threats follow a... More »

Neo-Nazi Site: 'Take Action' Against Jews in Mont. Town

Mother of hate group leader Richard Spencer owns building there, says she's being harassed

(Newser) - An ominous call to troll Jewish residents online in a Montana town has been issued by a white supremacist website, apparently because the mom of a hate-group leader owns a building there. The Missoulian reports that in Whitefish, where Sherry Spencer, mother of National Policy Institute head Richard Spencer—described... More »

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Denounces 'Jew-S-A' Chant

(Newser) - The Trump campaign is denouncing a nasty moment at a rally in Arizona Saturday in which a supporter began chanting "Jew-S-A" at reporters. (You can see video at BuzzFeed .) "That man's conduct was deplorable, and had I been there, I would have asked security to remove... More »

Trump Tweet Using Jewish Star Draws 'Outrage and Bafflement'

It 'plays to the white supremacists'

(Newser) - An anti-Hillary Clinton image tweeted out by Donald Trump on Saturday led to what Reuters characterizes as widespread "outrage and bafflement." The tweeted image, which has since been deleted, featured a photo of Clinton on a background of money. The phrase "most corrupt candidate ever" appeared inside... More »

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