In a Monday announcement, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled the establishment of a “Social Media Analysis” unit dedicated to monitoring online activity among New Yorkers. This move, she claims, is due to increased hate speech and antisemitism on social media platforms.

While making the announcement, Hochul emphasized the need to address the rising tide of hate speech and antisemitic incidents, pointing to events like the recent pro-Palestine rallies in New York City, including a protest during Veterans Day weekend, where a demonstrator tore down U.S. and U.N. flags.

She argued that these incidents are negatively affecting how New Yorkers interact with each other online.

“We’re very focused on the data we’re collecting from surveillance efforts – what’s being said on social media platforms – and we have launched an effort to be able to counter some of the negativity and reach out to people when we see hate speech being spoken about on online platforms,” she explained.

She then unveiled the news, saying, “Our Social Media Analysis Unit has ramped up its monitoring of sites to catch incitement to violence [and] direct threats to others, and all this is in response to our desire, our strong commitment to ensure that not only do New Yorkers be safe but they also feel safe.”

Sharing that she had recently convened a meeting with the state’s Jewish leaders, local law enforcement, and federal authorities to address the issue of hate crimes, she expressed her concern that many residents across New York are now living in fear, especially since the terrorist group Hamas’ attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

Further lamenting, she stated, “It’s painful to me as the governor of this great state — that has been known for its diversity, and how we celebrate different cultures, different religions, different viewpoints — it’s painful to see the cruelty with which New Yorkers are treating each other. Everywhere from college campuses, to our streets, to schools, to playgrounds; even as they’re entering their houses of worship.”

While there is a shared concern about the rise in antisemitism, Hochul’s move has given rise to concerns regarding the implications. It is especially worrisome given that the definition of “hate speech” can be subjective and might encompass even minor disagreements or criticisms, such as expressing disapproval of the governor’s fashion choices or voicing an opinion contrary to the woke gender ideology held dearly by the left.