Government funding to tackle online hate

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has underlined the government’s absolute commitment to tackling hatred in all its forms with £100,000 funding to tackle online antisemitism.

The funding will support the Antisemitism Policy Trust’s ongoing work to tackle the spread of racist tropes online and challenge harmful narratives about Jewish people, which forms part of the government’s wider agenda to tackle all forms of religiously and racially motivated hatred.

Jenrick is also due to commit to writing to all councils and universities this week demanding that they adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition as a matter of urgency. The most recent national hate crime statistics published by the Home Office last October showed that Jewish people were the most likely group to experience religiously motivated hate crime.

Jenrick said: “Antisemitism has absolutely no place in our society and I am committed to tackling it at its root. Online hatred can be a pernicious force that not only causes immediate harm to its victims but can embolden its perpetrators. By funding innovative programmes that educate future generations and stem the spread of harmful ideologies we will stamp out this scourge, wherever it appears.”