Monday, October 26, 2009

What Can We Do?

Now that Matt and I have posted a couple of Huffington Post Watch articles, some readers may be asking “What’s the point? Why are you recording all of these comments on your website?”


First of all, we need to keep these comments in the database because even though the Huffington Post moderators may delete them hours if not days after they have been posted, they remained long enough to do their damage. We record them so that the Huffington Post administrators cannot deny their existence.

Second, to hold the Huffington Post moderators to account. Under their moderation guidelines, a comment will not be published if it is “abusive, off-topic, uses excessive foul language, or includes an ad hominem attack.” HP’s terms of service states: “In furtherance of the foregoing, you agree that you will not... publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage THP or any third party; (iii) submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive...”

The vast majority of threads are fully moderated (and we will let you know if they are not), which means that every comment was checked and approved by a moderator before it was published. Even in unmoderated threads there are still administrators keeping an eye on things, and they often let hateful comments remain for hours if not days before deleting them. We want to make the point that they have been lax in catching and stopping anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments.

We are not the first people to notice Huffington Post’s tolerance of Jew hatred. Check out this CAMERA report from a few months back for more details.

So what can we, as denizens of the Internet and bloggers, do? The answer is three fold:

1. Report individual comments. If you click on the “permalink” beside each comment it will take you to the comment as it appears in the thread. Below the post is a link that says “Flag as Abusive.” Click it, and it will be flagged for further investigation. The more people flagging the more posts, the more noticeable they will be, and the more likely it will be that moderator will take action against the offender.

2. Report the posters who make the comment: When we make posts that are structured around a user, click on that user’s name to jump to their profile page. Once you are there, click the “Report Abusive Profile” button pictured below:

You then must write a quick something about why the user should be reported. You can copy and paste some of the choiciest quotations, or the link for the user from this blog. Or you can write a little something yourself.

3. Write a letter to the mods and administrators. The contact info is up on their website, and you can take action by expressing your feelings about whether the mods are sufficiently cracking down at anti-Israel and ant-Semitic hate speech. Admittedly, this is the slowest method, but my understanding is that the admins do indeed read what they receive.

The good news is that I have had real success with all three of these methods, so I don’t think the moderators are working against us and are in favor of anti-Semitic attitudes being broadcast on their boards. Hopefully by working together we’ll be enable to enact some real change.

8 comments:

  1. I would like to see Arianna Huffington being confronted on national TV about the anti-Semitism her website is a host to.

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  2. I would like to report truly egregious comments here--not necessarily because they are only anti-semitic, but because they also reveal the posting philosophy of these folks.

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  3. Thank you.

    I will avail myself of the above techniques and share them with the readers of my blog.

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  4. I've been doing this for a while, but sometimes (more often than not) it feels futile.

    I'm at a point where I'm ready to give up. I am incredibly frustrated how they allow the likes of Sharmoota and Rosenputz to publish their drivel so freely, and when you call them on it, you get silenced, your words disappear into the abyss.

    My BIL knows Arianna well through business, he's in media and the Huffington Post gives his company a lot of business.

    Though i don't want to do it, I'm really entertaining the thought of asking him for a favor, I'm thinking of preparing a file of some of the incidents that take place in the Israel comments section and asking him to give her the file so that she can familiarize herself what precisely goes on in there.

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  5. Arianna has been making the TV rounds recently. Somebody needs to ask her about all of the antisemitism that she apparently condones. Please share a link to this website with the different media outlets she frequents.

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  6. Keep up the good work! Don't despair. It is important to expose anti-Semitism and not let it be taken for granted.
    PS I am neither Israeli nor Jewish, but I find anti-Semitism deeply offensive.

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  7. My post(BAr Kohkba)-Ah, the plethora of obscene, vile, anti-Israel (Jewish) rhetoric that has no boundaries and no limits. For 2000 years Jews have been unceremoniously and cruelly thrown out of virtually every country they have ever lived, including their homeland of Israel. Each time one of you “humanitarians” spews your bile of misinformation and rubbish you further validate the reason why Israel exists and will continue to exist. For without Israel 17 million Jews worldwide would be nakedly exposed to people such as you who seek only the demise of the Jews and not justice for the supposed oppressed.

    Response from GohBokhor
    www.ifamericansknew.org
    That's a buncha crap - they were kicked out for usury, manipulating the host's economies, using the host for their own selfish interests. Same story as always and it's happening again in the US.

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  8. No anti-Semites on HuffPo. This was directed my way in a fully moderated site.

    Bar Kokhba hmm, somehow that violent comment escapes the moderators notice. Now for some reality: Sitting in your mother’s basement must empower you to threaten people, something I am sure you would never do in a mano a mano situation. And shooting them where they sleep would be your only strategy for that is the cowardly action of people like you. Incidentally, your Arab heroes attempted to destroy Israel no less than 4 times. How did that work out for you? Since you couldn’t destroy the Israeli state you now try to delegitimize it.

    posted Jun 28, 2011 at 14:33:44 Reply Link


    AdrianSalbuchi Listen up you little POS kike bastard. I am 65 years old and 40 years ago I supported Israel.\

    I am not Arab . I detest Nazis .. Now working hard to wipe that zioNazi state off the map.

    posted Jun 28, 2011 at 15:07:13 Reply Link

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Hey guys we've started to employ a slight comment policy. We used to have completely open comments but then people abused it. So our comment policy is such: No obvious trolling or spamming. And be warned: unlike the Huffington Post we actually enforce our comment policy.