The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has partnered with social media platform Facebook to connect its users to information about the Holocaust on the website AboutHolocaust.org
Funded by Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich and our Say No to Antisemitism campaign, the website is developed by the WJC and UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, and is aimed at providing education material about the Holocaust.
The initiative, which was announced on Holocaust Memorial Day 2021, means that when Facebook users search for terms associated with the Holocaust or denial of it, the social media platform will direct them to AboutHolocaust.org and connect users with a comprehensive resource that encompasses the full scope of the history of the Holocaust.
The initiative is Facebook’s latest effort to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial on its platform, following the social media platform’s expanded hate speech policy which was announced in October, committing to remove content related to Holocaust denial and antisemitism.
WJC President Ronald S. Lauder praised the latest move from Facebook and urged other social media platforms to follow suit.
He said: ‘The World Jewish Congress is deeply gratified to work with UNESCO and Facebook to ensure that Facebook’s 2.7 billion users are provided with accurate, comprehensive information about the Holocaust.
‘Connecting Facebook users to AboutHolocaust.org will contribute greatly to promoting tolerance and empathy as the antidote to resurgent antisemitism, xenophobia, bigotry and hate.
‘I commend Facebook for this development and encourage other social media platforms to follow this example of how to use their technology to ensure that their immense platforms can be used for good.
Ahead of our 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Football Club also observed Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 with a tribute to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.
Marked with a light display in the stadium, the tribute highlighted the stories of 20 sportsmen and women, 17 of those of Jewish heritage who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis.
The names of athletes who lost their lives were read out in front of players and club representatives, with figures in the darkness lighting up around the stadium to highlight that no part of society was spared, and the club will continue to keep their legacy alight by sharing their stories to inspire future generations.