Kindly Re-Occupy Your Facebook Pages From Anti-Semites
If you want to deflect charges of anti-Semitism from your movement, maybe consider keeping an eye on your Facebook accounts? Read More
The Occupy movement has undergone a number of smear attempts by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Bill Kristol in the last few weeks, and has weathered the fallout from a tweet stating, “We support and would like to express #solidarity to #FreedomWaves #Palestine #ows.” The tweet was quickly taken down, and representatives of the movement sprung into action claiming that the tweet was the view of an individual, and that it was an unauthorized tweet.
At this point, the Right will take any bit of opportunity to decry the movement as anti-Semitic (or at the very least, anti-Israel), even if views of those sort are held by the fringe of the Occupy movement (the 1% of the movement, if you will). But if there is an Achilles heel that the Right could exploit, it’s the movement’s social media platforms, especially the photos tagged by people not necessarily associated with Occupy, but who want to use the large following to vent their anti-Jewish views.
If anybody is actually in charge of the movements social media accounts, they should aim to be more vigilant of anti-Semitic occurrences, especially the disturbingly high number of pictures posted to the various Occupy Facebook accounts.
From the main Occupy Wall Street Facebook page (as of this posting with 126,531 people following):
Obviously nobody is getting paid to run any of the Occupy Facebook pages, but of the 26,000+ people following the Occupy Philadelphia Facebook, you’re telling me one or two people can’t take an hour out of their day to remove things like this:
The power of social media to fuel a movement is without question. But every picture that blames Jewish bankers for the world’s economic troubles only lends credibility to those who are attempting to tear down Occupy by aligning it with anti-Semites.
These incidents aren’t isolated, and they aren’t limited to one or two accounts. All it takes is one Fox News anchor to do a screen grab of one of the posts in question, and watch how fast public opinion could change.