The Anti-Defamation League and other researchers have noticed a significant surge in antisemitic and anti-Islam content on social media platforms. X, in particular, has been a hotbed for such posts, with nearly two million posts containing the hashtag #IsraeliNewNazism in a recent two-week period. Another 40,000 posts featured hashtags #ZionistsAreEvil or #ZionistsAreNazis.
Additionally, hashtags such as #HitlerWasRight and #DeathtotheJews appeared thousands of times over the last month, far surpassing previous months. On X, the hashtag #LevelGaza appeared nearly 3,000 times in a week, up from fewer than a dozen in September, while posts with the hashtags #MuslimPig and #KillMuslims also increased.
TikTok and Facebook have also experienced spikes in hate speech, with TikTok removing videos violating hate speech rules after The Times brought them to the company’s attention. X did not respond to a request for comment, and Meta, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, referred to a blog post discussing their enforcement policies against hate speech.
Messaging apps like Telegram have also been used to sow hate speech related to the conflict, with a Hamas-linked Telegram channel sharing an image that quickly spread to various social media platforms. Some posts contained comments like “they should have killed more” and “kill more Jews.”
On 4chan and far-right Telegram channels, users have discussed the conflict as an opportunity to spread antisemitic sentiment to people who are typically ideological opposites, with one user providing instructions to draw in left-wing activists before blaming the Jews.
According to Memetica’s chief operating officer, the rise in antisemitic posts reflects a convergence of goals by far-right and far-left activists, with some aiming to celebrate the killing of Jews online and lure in a wider audience.