By Ari Feldman | 13 August 2020
FORWARD — What finally pushed Facebook to announce it would take down posts that make reference to Jewish control of the world, or that include “caricatures of black people in the form of blackface” — two forms of hate that are well over a century old?
Was it the letter, sent August 5, from the attorneys general of 20 states to Mark Zuckerberg, telling the company to do more to prevent hate content and abuse on its platform?
Was it the open letter, published August 7, from more than 120 Jewish organizations urging Facebook to adopt an internationally known definition of anti-Semitism, and to take down posts that meet the definition?
Was it the ad boycott begun this summer, led by the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, that saw major multinational companies sign on in support and even led to a brief dip in Facebook’s stock price? […]