How the Anti-Defamation League, tech firms join in fight against cyberhate

The big names in tech, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are partnering with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to curb online harassment, in what they called Cyberhate Problem-Solving Lab.

The cyberhate Lab is to afford them a hub to exchange ideas and develop strategies to try to thwart hate speech and abuse across the internet.

It's coming on the heels of the social media giants including Facebook and Twitter ramping up their own efforts in response to trolling, and to curb hate speech and abuse on the companies' various platforms.

While the world's largest social network, Facebook along has more than 7,500 people monitoring what users post, including violent videos and graphic images.

Albeit, it's hard to quantify how pervasive online assaults have become, but obviously the numbers are on the increase.

The ADL, however can confirm that about 19,000 anti-Semitic tweets were targeted at Jewish journalists between August 2015 and July 2016 with over 1,500 online accounts responsible for 68 percent of the tweets.

Twitter's efforts to fight harassment are improving in part because of work of groups like the ADL to identify abusive behavior and help people report it.
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