Anti-Defamation League launches task force to fight online abuse of journalists

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The Anti-Defamation League, an American Jewish non-governmental organization, is creating a task force to combat anti-Semitic and racist social media comments against journalists, according to the Washington Post.

The first problem the task force faces is to discover who in fact is initiating these messages. It is difficult to know whether one person may be using multiple accounts, let alone that person’s identity.

Journalists who have been skeptical about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have found themselves on the receiving end of anti-Semitic attacks on Twitter, presumably initiated by Trump supporters.

Julia Ioffee, a reporter who was the target of anti-Semitic tweets after publication of her GQprofile of Trump’s wife, Melania, filed a police report over death threats.

The abuse, detailed in the Guardian at the time, included anonymous phone calls of Hitler speeches, multiple calls from someone claiming to be a business called “Overnight Caskets” …

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