On July 8, game day, there were 95,669 tweets containing “Nazi” references.
While some of the tweets were derogatory, others were from Twitter users admonishing others for the use of the offensive terms.
Today, the Anti-Defamation League voiced their disapproval of the phenomenon as well, calling it “insulting to the German team and demeaning to Holocaust survivors and victims.”
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman (who is a Holocaust survivor himself) said in a press release:
“These tweets falsely and irresponsibly identify current, democratic Germany with the horrific past of the country, which the present German government and people have denounced and rejected. Germany has done so much to atone for its past, and to have this happen now is terribly hurtful.”
Foxman called for an end to the “Nazi” and “Holocaust” references on social media and said the ADL maintains that the World Cup is “no place for racism and anti-Semitism.”
According to ADL’s website, the organization was founded in 1913 and is dedicated to “fighting anti-Semitism” through programs and services that counteract “hatred, prejudice and bigotry.”
Only time will tell how Twitter users choose to talk about Sunday’s World Cup Final, Germany versus Argentina.